Merseyside Centre for the Deaf, Liverpool (Grade II-listed, 1887, E.H. Banner)
Initially built as a chapel for the Merseyside deaf community, the once grand gothic Merseyside Centre for the Deaf is in a terrible state. Towering over Park Way in Liverpool, for twenty years after its closure in 1986 it was run as a successful community centre for the Igbo community and still has the notice over the door. But rising costs and an aging membership forced them out in 2007 and it has been closed ever since. The community are full of ideas for its transformation, but its current severe condition means urgent works are desperately needed first for its repair and to secure it from further damage. Pictures are here.
Anna Shelley, Conservation Adviser at the Victorian Society, said: “It’s a beautiful and bright red-brick building, evoking images of fairy-tale castles with its turrets, stained glass windows and striking octagonal roof. But the turrets are full of vegetation, the stained glass is smashed and the roof is collapsing. This fairy-tale is rapidly becoming a nightmare. This building needs a saviour, and fast.”