Landmark Â£3.5m property designed by the '˜father of Southsea'Â to be auctionedÂ
A GOTHIC style Grade II-listed building worthÂ up to Â£3.5mÂ in the heart of Southsea is up for auction.
The landmark Friary development by architect Thomas Ellis OwenÂ -Â one of the largest properties to come on the Southsea market in recent years -Â is now made up of 23 flats and a small shop.
The Friary, in Friary Close, off Marmion Road,Â was built in 1851 as a '˜model lodging house' before it underwent a massive overhaulÂ in 2008, resulting in it claimingÂ the Best Restoration award by Portsmouth Society inÂ 2010.
The 23 high-classÂ flats are over three floors and within three separate blocks.
The building, with a guide price of Â£3mÂ -Â Â£3.5m,Â will be offered for auction by Nesbits on September 27.
Thomas Ellis Owen is agreed by many to be the most eminent of architects working in Southsea in the 19thÂ century.
He was responsible for many of the buildings that gave the emerging town its character, such as St Jude's Church at the top of Palmerston Road, and distinguished buildings in Sussex Terrace, Sussex Road, Kent Road and surrounding streets.Â
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