New book features landmarks
SOME of Rochdale’s best-known landmarks are featured in a book of modern architecture that has taken 20 years to complete.
Manchester MODERN, by Richard Brook, lifts the lid on the design of St Patrick’s Church, on Elliot Street, and the now demolished Rochdale Bus Station on Smith Street.
Also included are Middleton’s council offices, on Manchester Old Road and Hopwood Hall Chapel.
The guidebook has been a labour of love for Richard, a lecturer at the Manchester School of Architecture, as he began researching it in 1996.
Now it has been published on a limited run by the Modernist Society following a crowdfunding campaign to cover costs, and contains pictures and details on 111 buildings and structures across the region.
The book has been illustrated and designed by Vaseem Bhatti.
Richard said: “I got my hands on a lovely little architecture guidebook to Manchester by Dennis Sharp from 1969 and it has been my aim ever since to make something as memorable and enduring. I think that the amount of mileage, time and 35mm film I put into the project has been more than matched by Bhatti’s attention to detail – it’s a great object.”