An ambitious restoration and conversion of an historic Newcastle building to create luxury apartments came to fruition last weekend.
Byzantine House, located in Eskdale Terrace, Jesmond – originally built as a place of worship – has been converted into 10 one and two-bed apartments and mews by design-led local developer Provenance Developments.
Built in 1914-15 to a design by local architect Marcus Kenneth Glass, the grade 1 listed building showcases the style and opulence of an Art Deco interpretation of the Byzantine Revival style.
Provenance Developments and its award-winning interior designer Melanie Brown have paid respect to the unique features of the building and designed new homes that boast individually designed layouts, light filled interiors and an unrivalled level of high-quality finish.
The first showhome is now open to the public, with property agent Urban Base handling enquiries and marketing.
Jan Dale, director at Urban Base, explained: “The luxurious one and two bed apartments have been meticulously refurbished to retain a classic style, while offering a superb standard of contemporary specification.
“The developer and design team have extensive experience in carefully regenerating unique buildings and pride themselves in their attention to detail, bringing historical features to life while creating elegant spaces with every modern comfort and convenience.”
Byzantine House was originally built as a synagogue and served the United Hebrew Congregation of Newcastle upon Tyne until closure of the building in 1986. More latterly the building was used by Newcastle High School for Girls. And now the building has been converted into luxury living.
In July this year, Newcastle City Council placed a blue plaque on the building in recognition of its historic significance. Lord Mayor Cllr David Cook said: “There’s an enormous danger when historic buildings change their use that their heritage is lost but this fantastic building has been retained and I’m delighted that we still have it here in Jesmond.”