Ramsey Court House

Ramsey Court House

Architect: George Steuart “Ramsey Court House in the late afternoon winter sun yesterday.” Suzy Holland

‘The Auburns’

‘The Auburns’

“As far as Constance Radcliffe and I can ascertain the house was originally built by a member of the Christian family of Milntown as a farm (barns/stables still here), about 1750.  In our deeds the house is originally referred to as ‘Little Milntown’. Mrs Hall (formerly Harrison)

Sea Terminal

Sea Terminal

‘#ilovethisbuilding because, well really, what’s not to like?  It’s one of our iconic buildings on the Island.  I’ve not always lived here, but I have Manx family and we used to come over every summer when we were young – some of the happiest times of my life.  We always looked out for the sea […]

Collinson’s Café

Collinson’s Café

“#ilovethisbuilding because of the imaginative, artistic design.  May have been designed by the same architect as the long gone Palace theatre and ballroom?  I think this was once a ballroom also?” PQ DeHaven

Old Police Station, Castletown

Old Police Station, Castletown

Architect: H M Baillie Scott “#ilovethisbuilding which is the old police station in Castletown, designed by M H Baillie Scott – hopefully it will become an Isle of Man Police Service Museum in due course.” Simon Costain

The Barn at Eary Cushlin, Darby

The Barn at Eary Cushlin, Darby

“I am in awe of the workmanship that went into this building and marvel at the beautiful straight lines and choice of material.  It is not only a functional building, but a work of art.” Pat Mitchell


Isle of Architecture – What’s it all about?

Isle of Architecture is an exciting year-long celebration of the Island’s built environment, its rich architectural heritage and future innovation of building on the Isle of Man.


‘Pomes’ at the Sailors’ Shelter

Our next event promises to chase away the January blues with an evening of poems, yarns and plenty of laughs in the cosy setting of the Sailors’ Shelter in Peel. Following in the footsteps of Manx literary figures Hall Caine and T.E. Brown, who entertained guests at the Shelter in January 1894, the ‘Manx Bard’, […]

Sod cottage of Mrs Mary Gilrea, Jurby, 1897

An Open Fire (literally)

Christmas time is the time to sit around an open fire and in 1897 in a sod cottage in Jurby it meant just that: http://imuseum.im/search/archive_record/view?id=mnh-museum-484633 In this view the characteristic roof profile of this type of dwelling can be seen, where the domed ridge rises at the chimney end.  There was usually no window and […]

Gaiety Theatre Ironwork

Behind the curtain at the Gaiety Theatre

The Gaiety Theatre originally opened in 1893 as a large pavilion designed by WJ Rennison on the shell of the original Villa Marina. It operated as a music hall, but soon closed down. Frank Matcham was commissioned to redesign the building as a theatre and used builder Jonas Binns of Halifax in association with Alexander […]

chicken rock lighthouse

Chicken Rock Lighthouse

Designed by the Stevenson Brothers, started 1869, completed 1875.  Built from Dalbeattie granite. ‘Small vessels with arriving in Port St Mary harbour deeply laden with rough granite blocks from Dumfriesshire…the workyard [in Port St Mary] was a busy place, no less than a hundred men employed…there all the rough blocks were cut and dressed and […]


Crescent Cinema in Douglas

Our friends over at the iMuseum reveals the Island’s architecture, including what was and what lies beneath.  ‘The Crescent Cinema, Douglas (Lomas and Barratt, 1920, auditorium demolished 2008) now Spectrum Apartments (Heritage Homes, c.2009).  The major characteristic of this Art Deco cinema (and the former Strand Cinema on Strand Street, Douglas) was the use of […]

BIG DRAW Half Term Workshop

BIG DRAW workshop for kids

Isle of Architecture is super excited to be a part of the world’s largest drawings festival – THE BIG DRAW,  and will be holding a special workshop for children during half term. Hosted by Kirsten Penzes in the beautiful Onchan Village Hall, designed by Baillie Scott, the workshop will teach children a range of creative techniques […]

Jon Bounds and Danny Smith

Manx LitFest host ‘Pier in Review: In search of the Great British Seaside’

As part of this year’s festival and in association with the Queen’s pier restoration trust and Manx Litfest, Authors Jon Bounds and Danny Smith will talk about their road-trip visiting the 55 surviving pleasure piers in England and Wales. Visiting the Queen’s pier in Ramsey to highlight the moves by QPRT to safeguard the Queen’s pier […]


Society of Architects ‘Creative Spaces’ display at MakeMarket

From 12 September to 1 October 10am – 5pm Douglas Market Hall, North Quay What do artists, artisans and start up businesses require from a workspace? How can existing buildings be reused and adapted to meet the needs of these small dynamic groups? This display, curated by the Isle of Man Society of Architects sets […]

Baltic Creative

Discover the essence of creative regeneration at MakeMarket

Tuesday 6 September 2016 – 7:30pm MakeMarket hosts a talk by the Chair of the Baltic Creative, Erika Rushton.  Erika has a wealth of experience in developing and promoting growth within creative and digital industries. She has been instrumental in the renaissance of Liverpool’s Cultural Quarter, creating an exciting new hub for the Arts and Business […]


Have your say on a space to create at this workshop

This workshop co-hosted by SofA, is your chance to collaborate with local architects to create designs for a ‘space for making’. The organisers of MakeMarket are looking for 12/15 representatives from across the creative and digital industries to take part, the materials produced will go on display at the Market Hall during September.  Coffee provided! Saturday […]


Isle of Architecture hosts free building conservation workshop with the IHBC

The Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) will be visiting the Isle of Man in September, and is offering a free workshop for individuals and community groups in partnership with Isle of Architecture. IHBC is a professional body for building conservation practitioners and experts. It promotes the sustainable reuse of old buildings and views conservation […]


Join MNH for a fascinating guided walk through Douglas

Thursday 11 August 7pm Manx Museum, Douglas Join Andrew Foxon for a guided walk through Douglas to discover more about the development of Douglas in the 19th century and the influence which Governor Loch had in a period of major change on the Isle of Man. Tickets £8 available from the Manx Museum Gallery Shop […]