Liverpool History: Albion House (White Star)

ALBION HOUSE, Liverpool, England, was built between 1895 and 1898, and is situated on the corner of The Strand and St. James Street.

Designed by architects Norman Shaw and J. Francis Doyle, it was built for the shipping company of Ismay, Imrie and Company, which later became the White Star Line. After White Star merged with Cunard Line, the headquarters remained at Albion House until 1927.

Albion House, as it was before the warThe facade is constructed from white Portland stone and red brick.

In 1912, when news of the disaster of the Titanic reached the offices, the officials were too afraid to leave the building, and instead read the names of the deceased from the balcony.

According to my grandmother, there was a disturbance outside afterwards. People had to wait until the next day to get the names of those lost in print.

She was down there with my great aunt to see if a relation of ours, Albert Jones, aged 17 and a steward working on board the fated vessel, had survived. He had not.

The building was badly damaged during the Blitz and had to be restored. Just glimpsed at the right is the tower to James Street Station which was destroyed in WWII.

Oddly for me, I have never heard the building called Albion House, but the White Star building. It is also referred to as the “streaky bacon building.”

Image from Old Postcards from Liverpool.

Here’s how she looks now:

Albion House Liverpool View 1

Albion House Liverpool View 2


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