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Sir Alfred Waterhouse 1830 - 1905
A Quaker from Liverpool, Waterhouse became
a leading architect of the high Victorian period, designing large-scale
civic, commercial and educational buildings in the Gothic style.
He started in practice at Manchester where he won competitions for
the Town Hall and the Assize Courts, both excellently planned in
a free picturesque Gothic.
His work is fiercely individual and
easily recognisable for its weight, dignity and power. The Natural
History Museum in London is probably his best known building; however,
he also designed several major hospitals, universities and prisons,
including Strangeways in Manchester, and many of the principal offices
of the Prudential Assurance Company.