Replanning Schemes for Liverpool: a New University with a facade on public gardens and an open 'place'

WAG 1996.10


This drawing is one of a number of imaginative schemes drawn by Stanley Davenport Adshead (1868 - 1946) to illustrate how Liverpool might be re-planned to enhance its appearance and improve its layout. He used the drawings to illustrate his article on the topic for The Town Planning Review in July 1910. Adshead hoped that one day a new university building would be built in place of the workhouse, or Poor Law Institution, on Brownlow Hill in Liverpool city centre. It would be ‘an architectural monument really worthy of Liverpool’ and include public gardens in front. In 1928 the land came on to the market and was purchased by the Catholic diocesan authorities as the site for the current Metropolitan Cathedral.