Councillors back bid to list historic Belfast building
A remarkable Victorian building which served as a distiller, Methodist meeting house and war-time Air Raid Precautions HQ could soon be listed.
The three-storey building is at 40-62 Academy Street in Belfast and currently houses Belfast Education and Library Board.
Belfast City Council has already voted to support the listing but a spokeswoman for the Department of the Environment said: "We are at an early stage, so it is not possible to say what the final decision will be."
Built between 1899 and 1901, designed by Samuel Stevenson, it was created as a warehouse for Kirker, Greer and company who manufactured aerated water. A Methodist meeting house formed part of the site in the mid-19th century.
By 1917 the premises were managed by the distillers Brown, Corbett and Company, and in war-time the building was used as the ARP headquarters.