This is one of my favourite Manchester buildings which is close to China Lane, hence the post title, although in truth it is better described as being on Hilton Street.
I love its curved lines and the white stonework which shines so brightly when it’s sunny, so much in contrast with the older redbrick buildings around it.
It houses lots of city dwellers in smart apartments that can be yours for just £225,000 with views overlooking East Manchester and the Rochdale Canal.
The puzzle bit of the post title is because I can’t figure out the name of the building or when and why it was built. It was clearly an office block originally, perhaps connected to the rag trade which was prominent in the area, although this is a complete guess. I’d love to hear from anyone who knows.
UPDATE: After some persistent Googling (they can’t touch you for it) I’ve now discovered that the building was indeed once a warehouse and is now the Met Apartments.
I’m on a bit of a roll now! I came across this Telegraph article from 2007 which brackets the building with other Art Deco landmarks, such as the Owen Williams’ Daily Express building on Great Ancoats Street and the Edwin Lutyens designed Midland Bank in King Street.
Strangely it isn’t a listed building, although the developers treated it as if it was, so they say, but I still haven’t found out exactly whose warehouse/offices it was. Watch this space.