Monday, November 15, 2010
Wedgwood Institute, Burslem
I've seen many references to the Wedgwood Institute in my Wedgwood wanderings over the years but never delved into its story. Today an article which popped up on the internet got me to wondering again. Due to the high cost of rehabilitation to accomodate proper fire escapes, and probably handicap requirements, the building sits nearly empty. It is a fabulous example of 1860s architecture, having taken 6 years to build (by the father of Rudyard Kipling), and with its statue of Josiah, and location where the Brick House Works once stood, an important building which deserves to be bustling once again. There is controversy over public versus private use, ownership and rights. There is always a problem with financing the work needing to be accomplished for its renaissance. Click this post title to see an article about its history and more photos. Wouldn't it be a wonderful school once again! Or a fabulous condominium building. We Americans could be expats in the Potteries with our own little condo-on-the-common right in the hub of Stoke! Here is another article about the current controversy over the reuse of older architecture, a blog on the topic.
Another blog I have discovered contains gorgeous photos of the Wedgwood Institute, with good factual information also. Go here to see it.
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