The last days of Belfast's Orpheus building – in pictures

Brendan Hughes
03 February, 2016 01:00

FOR decades the Orpheus building was an iconic Belfast landmark, but in recent weeks it has been almost completely erased from the streetscape.

The building is gradually being demolished to make way for the multi-million-pound redevelopment of the Ulster University campus in Belfast city centre.

Pictures show the art deco building slowly disappear from the city's skyline, the spire of St Patrick's Church on nearby Donegall Street emerging atop the rubble.

Built in 1932, the Orpheus on York Street featured the city centre's last 'ballroom of romance' where generations found love on the dance floor.

The building was also once Belfast's largest department store where owners the Co-operative Society offered dividends to loyal customers.

It eventually closed its doors in the mid-1980s and in more recent years was used as studio space for Ulster University art students.

Campaigners had twice tried to secure listed status to save the building, but the applications were rejected. It is just outside the Cathedral Quarter Heritage Conservation Area where buildings are protected.

03 February, 2016 01:00 News