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And the winner is....

Anglican Cathedral voted favourite Liverpool building by Walker visitors. Are they right or wrong? And what do you love and what do you hate?

Published on February 14th 2008.


And the winner is....

Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral has come out top in a poll to find the city's favourite building.

In an idea sparked by Ben Johnson's vast Liverpool Cityscape, currently being completed at the Walker Art Gallery, visitors were asked for their opinions in what they considered the great and the good, of an architectural nature, in the city.

Liverpool is not exactly wanting in this area, but with such a vast choice of Grade I and Grade II listed buildings (more than anywhere outside London to quote the oft-quoted statistic) it's a bit of a tougher ask than it would be if you lived in, say, Ipswich.

National Museums and Galleries report “hundreds of responses”. Liverpool Cathedral came first with 20 per cent of the vote, closely followed by the Liver Building with 17 per cent.

St George's Hall with 12 per cent. The Metropolitan Cathedral also made it into the top five.

Other mentions from visitors ranged from pubs like the Pilgrim and the Philharmonic Dining Rooms, through to landmarks such as St Luke's and Lime Street Station.

Said an NMGM spokesman: “The wonderfully diverse range of responses is testament to Liverpool's extraordinarily rich architectural heritage, proving that Liverpudlians really do love their city.”

But what do you think? Do you agree with the list: Tell us your best and least favourite city buildings and we might do a heroes and villains gallery.

The top ten as voted for by Walker Art Gallery visitors are as follows:

1. Liverpool Cathedral
2. The Liver Building
3. St George's Hall
4. The Metropolitan Cathedral
5. Port of Liverpool Building
6. St. John's Beacon
7. St. Nicholas Church
8. Albert Dock
9. White Star Building
10. Walker Art Gallery

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41 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Trafford S. WyentFebruary 14th 2008.

"One Park West" - a stupid, ugly name for a stupid, ugly building.

Stanley StreetFebruary 14th 2008.

Spot on about the imminent eyesore at Mann Island, Rusty old cock. Intelligent people said that the Voss Motors building iself was ideal, ready-made accommodation for a museum, but there'd be no money in it for the developers or backhanders for the usual suspects...

Helen MacFebruary 14th 2008.

I absolutely adore St george's hall. What city wouldn't die to have that as the first thing you see when you step out of Lime Street station. Unbelievably iconic and woefully underused.

QuentinFebruary 14th 2008.

Speaking of pubs, what about the great architecture of Ye Cracke and its War Office. Small, but perfectly formed, with walls yellower than this screen! A building entirely fit for purpose.

TV KellyFebruary 14th 2008.

Never mind all that. I just looked at the telly and thought it was the Six Million Dollar Man running in slow motion. But it just turned out to be Fidel Castro walking in a tracksuit. Why do old people wear tracksuits as casual wear? They're tracksuits, for heaven's sake. They're designed for wear on the athletics track, hence the name. You wouldn't wear a spacesuit unless you were in space, so why would you wear a tracksuit unless you were an athlete? Jimmy Saville, he's another one. Although he did run a lot of marathons in his time for Stoke Mandeville hospital, so perhaps we should let him off.

WayneFebruary 14th 2008.

I know what you mean Peter. I really like the Waterloo Rooms (aka The Irish Centre) and am waiting for the council to demolish that too.

TV KellyFebruary 14th 2008.

My understanding is that the building is named after Castro's right hand man, Juan Park-West. But I might have invented that in my head. I have no way of knowing.

I wish I lived on the curry mile!February 14th 2008.

What happened to the Museum on William Brown Street it gets me all confusedI alwasy think i'm headed towards the Mecca Bingo!

Helen MacFebruary 14th 2008.

Aren't there some sort of height restrictions that councillors have put on new buidings which is why Manchester's got a really high Beetham Tower and Liverpool hasn't? I think, regarding the Cloud, too many idiots got whipped into a frenzy by the local media and unfortunately the usual suspects lost their bottle. I hear it is being built in Canada now.

John Lennon AirportFebruary 14th 2008.

I was driving past One Park West yesterday and as it takes "shape" although I use that word in the loosest sense, I could not but think of how it stands on the hallowed ground of the massive and stunning Customs House. I am not harking back to the past, but so agree that this monstrosity is indeed an opportunity lost.

A. E. ScousemanFebruary 14th 2008.

Instead of inventing all these nonsensical names for ugly new blocks of flats, why not give them proper names relating to local culture?For example the Grosvenor Project is touted as ‘Liverpool One’ a daft name that will cause confusion with the postal district ‘Liverpool 1’ as well as the television police series ‘Liverpool One’ that was written about infuriating scouse stereotypes to reinforce prejudice, etc. So why not call ‘Liverpool One’ ‘Liverpool Three’ as most of it lies in that postal district? Or ‘Westminster’ after the developer?The ludicrously-named ‘One Park West’ will inevitably become known as something akin to ‘One Pink Vest’ so why not give it a name that befits a block of flats? I’d suggest ‘Comrade Castro Court’

Liverpool ConfidentialFebruary 14th 2008.

According to a gallery spokesperson, who we asked yesterday, the original idea was for people to vote for their favourite building in the Cityscape painting, but it quickly became a bit of a blur with people naming buildings that weren't in it. So there you have it, plenty of views all round.

A. E. ScousemanFebruary 14th 2008.

'One Park West'? Where is the one? Where is the park? And what is the 'west' for? It’s just gibberish!It might as well be called 'One, Two, Buckle my Shoe', which sounds a lot nicer!

Sir Howard WayFebruary 14th 2008.

The above ought to have read:- “I suppose that the gents had to be brought indoors so that the burgeoning numbers of nesh southern students would NOT die of exposure whilst reading the legendary ‘intellectual’ graffiti on the outdoor lavatory wall.”It’s strange but I was never asked to participate in a survey whenever I’ve visited the Walker Art Gallery…

Rusty SpikeFebruary 14th 2008.

Bit of a bloody cheek those National Museums people in Liverpool banging on about a 'rich architectural heritage' when they are preparing to unleash an architectural abomination down at the Pierhead, totally at odds with the elegant, distinguished bunch of buildings that grace the waterfront already. Pah! And I see no one has given a tick yet to The Vines public house on Lime Street, which easily rivals the Philharmonic Dining Rooms establishment further up the hill for splendour and fine decor, if thankfully not a snooty clientele obsessed with their own splendour and reflections. Ah, who can still remember how once The VInes boasted the finest, wittiest and rudest, bar chappie ever spawned, who literally danced attendance on the loons and hapless drunks who staggered through its portals: one Sadie. Memories of confrontations - and even engagements - with the wonderful Sadie would surely brighten our days....

TV KellyFebruary 14th 2008.

No, it was Cesar Pelli, but he's Italian too, which is probably where the confusion has set in. Frank Sinatra was also of Italian extraction. I, myself, am Manx, of course. I hope this is sufficiently explanatory, although I am sceptical about the genuineness of your confusion, Genuinely Confused. I suspect you are being something of a tinker.

Rusty SpikeFebruary 14th 2008.

Ah, Alison...well the Cloud didn't go ahead because one presumes the architect Will Alsop was far more imaginative and visionary than either the Museums poltroons, the City Council and other cost clerks in various government funded quangos who thought it was getting a bit pricey (NB - £60 million in debt and still counting...Liverpool City Council). The Cloud had its detractors, of course - just as the Liver Building had in its time of birth - but it would certainly have made a glorious statement, many feel. And a fitting 21st century statement to compare to the existing 20th century stuff. What the Museums and Galleries on Merseyside have plumped for is a upmarket, cheapo shed, so beloved of the witless, talentless accountants and 'draftspeople' we are now saddled with - and considering they are supposedly the guardians of our cultural heritage, it beggars belief that their dear leader Mr David Fleming, hasn't been shackled to a tumbril and run out of town... Will Alsop meanwhile has taken his talents all over the world and been feted by Canadians and others who think it essential to give him his head. If this bunch in Liverpool had been around in the early years of the 1900s you can be pretty certain they would have vetoed the Liver Building, The Cunard Building and the Port of Liverpool Building - and given a thumping big welcome to architecture that whimpers rather than roars. Shameful.

BondFebruary 14th 2008.

One problem is not "which are the Worst Buildings?" but why are there so many second rate new buildings? Commutation Row is just one example. The old facade should have been retained-it was promised it would- the new building is so ORDINARY. The Rialto is another ORDINARY building. As others have said - there are too many.The rants re loss of Alsops Cloud are spot on. are spot on.But perhaps the planners do represent the people? If so its our own fault.

Genuinely confusedFebruary 14th 2008.

You should try having about 20 internet identities, as I do. Sometimes I'm a bloke. In fact I am a bloke already (but that's what you think).

A. E. ScousemanFebruary 14th 2008.

Well said, Miss Kelly! Wisdom is supposed to come with age so you’d think that old people would know better than to wear tracksuits, or baseball caps or training shoes that look like old ladies’ shopping bags. The sort of old men who go to Woodies to get off their chumps on cheap lager and then swear and urinate in the streets outside wear tracksuits trousers and baseball caps. I am really disappointed in Comrade Castro, appearing on television disporting the trademark of the Capitalist running-dog.

Mr KiteFebruary 14th 2008.

Bring on the King Edward Tower. Lets hope the planners see sense and approve it. A proper piece of modern architecture and taller than Manchester's Beetham tower to boot

scouseladFebruary 14th 2008.

Going back to the original article - the visitors to the Walker Art Gallery were voting for the favourite building in Ben Johnson's Citiscape painting and not their favourite building in Liverpool per se....However, my favourite would be Liver Buildings and my worse building would have to be, at this moment, the comprehensive school they seem to be building on Chavasse Park!

scrittipolittiFebruary 14th 2008.

Have you seen the architect of one park west? he looks like an old Arthur Askey... I can only imagine that this kind of mundane modernism seems really radical to a man who started work in the 1930s. As for the name, its resonance is clearly American and shows no sense of any organic understanding of city planning. I am no traditionalist but surely everyone knows that this is a massive architectural opportunity lost. All insiders know that these steel and glass buildings are cheaply made and going to be tatty in 5 years. Bradley and the rest of the council have the aesthetic sensibilities of a magpie....shiny is good

Genuinely confusedFebruary 14th 2008.

What? Michelangelo designed One Park West? What's going on?

PeterFebruary 14th 2008.

My least favourite is the Casertelli building at the corner of Duke Street and Paradise Street. Reason: because there was nothing wrong with the old one. It could have easily been saved if anyone had been bollocksed about it, but of course they weren't, it was demolished with indecent haste, probably because the land was worth more. A scandalous crime and I can't walk by there without thinking about how it's just another symptom of a council not being arsed.

TV KellyFebruary 14th 2008.

So are you TV Kelly, then? This is all baffling. I think I need to have a lie down while I grapple with the whole concept of identity in a technology-driven world. With a nice cup of tea.

Judge S. WeintFebruary 14th 2008.

I still feel outraged when the ornately-carved stone Liverpool Seamans Home was knocked down about twenty years ago because of course, Liverpool REALLY NEEDED a litter-strewn, big empty hole in the ground for two decades, didn’t it?

BaffledFebruary 14th 2008.

I'm completely with Digsy on that and every time I look at the new One Park West residential development I am reminded of the Royal Liverpool Hospital. The central elevations are practically identical. And yet, it has won awards.

TV KellyFebruary 14th 2008.

Thank you for your comments, My funny valentine. They really shook my preconceptions to their foundations. So I went away to check, and I'm sorry to tell you it turns out that I'm totally right and you're totally wrong. Not a matter of opinion, just fact. Glad that's been cleared up.

Phil PubFebruary 14th 2008.

I hate, I absolutely ****ing hate the multi storey car park on the Princes Dock next to the Malmaison (although I think the Malmaison is rather striking). Who the **** gave planning permission for that? They ought to shot.

A. E. ScousemanFebruary 14th 2008.

Are you sure you aren't comfusing the good comrade with the artist in the FACT centre with an earhole on his arm?

AnonymousFebruary 14th 2008.

I hate the TATE. Not the building, just the utter rubbish inside.

Sir Howard WayFebruary 14th 2008.

Ye Cracke was buggered up by the comprehensive rebuilding in about 1985 after the departure of two-fisted landlady of legend, The Great Marge. The War Office window used to open onto the outdoor 'gents', the 'ladies' was upstairs and the only bar was the proper ('L'-shaped) one and people in the corridor were served through the doorway. I suppose that the gents had to be brought indoors so that the burgeoning numbers of nesh southern students would die of exposure whilst reading the legendary ‘intellectual’ graffiti. Of course it all gone now, you can’t smoke and the place only sells ‘Extra-Cold Guinness’ for Americans who like the pose but not the taste, rather than proper Guinness for proper drinkers.

Genuinely confusedFebruary 14th 2008.

I think you will find, TV Kelly, that you are the one who is genuinely confused. Not I.

AlisonFebruary 14th 2008.

Can Stanley Street or someone perhaps, remind me why this nasty piece of work is being built on the waterfront instead of The Cloud? I can't keep up.

DigsyFebruary 14th 2008.

I hate the plethora of residential towers which have sprung up. There isn't a shred of architectural merit in any of them...

Tour GuideFebruary 14th 2008.

The building on the site of Chavasse Park which has the boring name One Park West, 18 stories of 1970s Technical college architecture must now rate as the worst example of the recent developments. It is as bad as the building it replaced the glass one. Commerce House. The only good thing to be said is it will be easy to demolish in 20 or so years. It has won prizes as being a wonderful design. Rubbish.The problem with The Cloud was it would have been in the wrong place. It would have looked good standing alone not along side the 3 Graces.

TK HughesFebruary 14th 2008.

Is Castro's right hand a man? If so, is his left hand also a man? And how does this affect his golf swing?

TV KellyFebruary 14th 2008.

One Park West isn't even finished yet. You people, gah! I can imagine you standing behind Michelangelo - well, lying behind him on a similar sort of platform, and then using some sort of periscope device to get around the fact that all that would be visible to the naked eye would be the bottom of Michelangelo's own platform - and complaining, 'Ooh, I don't like that. He hasn't coloured in that cherub properly. Look at it, it's completely white. You can still see the numbers. Mind you, I preferred the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel when it had that old Artex on it.' And then I can see Michelangelo saying to you, 'Look, I haven't finished yet. I've got to nip down to Rennie's for a tube of rose madder and I'm just finishing off this bit of sky. I haven't even thought about the bloody cherub yet.'

My funny valentineFebruary 14th 2008.

Are you seriously trying to compare One Park West with the work of Michelangelo? It doesn't have to be finished to know that it looks like the Royal Liverpool hospital, and I don't hear anyone saying that's their "favourite work of art", as Frank Sinatra might have sung

BenzoFebruary 14th 2008.

Got to be the Anglican for me. Enchanting

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