Tuesday, 12 April 2016

67 Preston Street gets makeover

A neglected Regency building, a prominent eyesore in one of the city's prestigious conservation areas, is now looking good thanks to the persistence of the council's planning enforcement team. Over a period of more than three years officers served a number of formal notices and worked closely with the building's owners to encourage them to bring 67 Preston Street back to its former glory. It has had its rough edges smoothed, repairs made and a new coat of paint in the distinctive cream colour of the city's historic squares and terraces.

This impressive Grade 2 listed building  on the corner of Regency Square was built c.1818 in the heyday of Brighton's emergence as a fashionable seaside resort. The architects were probably Amon Wilds & Amon Henry Wilds. It was the birthplace of early screen actor Eva Moore.

The building of 3 storeys features a rusticated porch in Preston Street with round-arched entrance and fanlight, a 20C shop front to ground floor and canted bay window to first floor. At its southern end the windows  are blind. The cast-iron railings have distinctive conical finials.

For many years the shop was occupied by the Frigidaire Refrigeration Co.

The building is listed together with the adjoining bow-fronted property round the corner in Regency Square

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