Fothergill Watson's offices, George Street
Fothergill Watson's impact upon the look of our city can't be overstated. Between 1864 and 1899 he designed a cornucopia of eye-catching buildings adorned with gargoyles, turrets, towers and other gothic flourishes, many of which still stand.
The sumptuous former Natwest Bank on Thurland Street (now housing fuller-figured undergarment sellers Bravissimo and cool-as-f*** clothes emporium All Saints), and the quirky Queen's Chambers on the corner of Queen Street and the Square are two of his more famous constructions, but there are many more peppered all around the city.
The office on George Street was his place of work from 1895, and just standing in the street and gazing upon his engraved name above the doorway is a privilege. This building was built to showcase his talents to potential clients, and resembles what the Hansel and Gretel house could have looked like had it been crafted from bricks and stone rather than cookies and sweets.