It is believed that the building was built c. 1870 as a convalescent hospital, to provide a place for patients treated at Leeds General Infirmary to continue their recovery. Since it’s construction it was used in a multitude of healthcare functions including treating injured servicemen during the first and second world wars, briefly as a maternity ward for Leeds General Infirmary and probably more publicly known as a cancer care treatment centre.
The original building was designed by famous Leeds Victorian Architects Chorley and Connon who were responsible for some iconic Leeds buildings including Newton Park Estate which shares similarities with the aesthetics of the Ida Building. Constructed of Millstone Grit sandstone, Red Engineering Brick, Render and mock timber-frame with a slate roof. The building is designed in an Arts and Crafts style with a central 3-storey, 3-bay reception block with coursed stone to its ground floor with cambered arch and cross windows, rendered 1st floor with central oriel bay and paired black-and-white gables above. The upper gables are rendered and jettied. To the flanking wings each side of this principal façade are angled single-storey verandas each with 4 projecting gabled ends, now walled up and glazed with mock timbering to the apex of each gable.
The building is now subject to a larger development which will see a new use for this heritage assett.
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