|Copyright: Nigel Smith (Nigel_Smith)
|Date Taken: 2011-04-24|
|Camera: Olympus E510|
|Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2011-05-01 2:29|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Following on from my posting yesterday, the pure white rendered building in this shot stands on Paradise Street, behind the John Lewis store.|
Probably best known to local people as the Eagle Pub, this was one of the first buildings acquired by the developers of the site for the Paradise Project, who resolved to restore and retain it as part of the new development.
Less well known is the reason why it has this imposing bald eagle on its façade. When the building first became a Public House, it was named The Eagle because the bird was already there...
The building was established in 1790 as the very first Overseas Consulate of the United States of America and at the time it stood near the quayside of Thomas Steers’ Old Dock. Only after the Second World War, as transatlantic trade through Liverpool became less significant, did it eventually close down, later to become a Public House.
The carved wooden Eagle (which may or may not have been the original) had fallen into a state of decay when the building was restored in 2008. The Conservation Centre at Liverpool Museums performed the delicate work to make it “Good for another 200 years”, to quote David Whitty, the head of the restoration team.
Today, the ground floor is a new retail unit and the upper floors house three apartments.
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