Photo By D J Norton

The New Birmingham c. 1964

Project 37

Corporation Street
1964 Status
2014 Status
Rackham's/House of Fraser

The £10m Rackham's store had opened in 1960.  Incorporating a new North Western Arcade to replace an earlier one dating from 1884, it also saw the loss of the splendid Cobden Hotel.  In 2014, the store was branded House of Fraser and was one of the few department stores that had remained in business.

Rackham's under construction, 1959

Rackham's construction site, as viewed from the roof of Lewis's, 1959.  Photo by John Ball, reproduced here with thanks.

House of Fraser, June 2014

House of Fraser store, Corporation Street, June 2014

North Western Arcade, June 2014

North Western Arcade section, Corporation Street/Bull Street junction, June 2014