Wellington Rooms

The building was designed by the architect Edmund Aikin and built between 1815–1816 as a subscription assembly room for the Wellington Club. It was originally used by high society for dance balls and parties. Neo-classical in style the building's façade is Grade II listed, but it is now derelict, a reflection on the changing wealth and fashions in the city. Built between 1815-1816 as a subscription assembly room for the Wellington Club, the venue provided a worthy setting for the dance-loving Liverpool merchant princes, their friends and families for dance balls and parties. With its gracious architecture and interior design, the building quickly became the centre of fashionable Liverpool life. The Wellington Club was wound up in 1923 but the Rooms continued to function as a social club and place of entertainment throughout the 20th Century, being known in succession as the Embassy Rooms, Rodney Rooms and Rodney Youth Centre.
On February 1st 1965 the Irish Centre officially opened and was welcomed by hundreds of Irish people at a dinner party. There were 2 bars, the JKF bar which was on the left as you walked in and there was the all-Ireland bar which was situated on the right as you walked through the door. The first chairman of the Old Irish Centre was Tommy Walsh who was born in Liverpool but came from Irish decent.
he Irish Centre closed in the late 1990s and the lease of the building passed to a property developer who wanted to convert and extend the building to create a hotel. The project was refused planning permission, as it was felt that the conversion would not preserve the integrity of the building.

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