Built for the Pearl Life Assurance Company in 1899. Now apartments and commercial units. Listed Grade II.
“This block is being erected in a prominent corner position close to the town-hall in Commercial-road, Portsmouth. Besides the company’s own offices, it will comprise four shops, suites of offices on the upper floors, and a private hotel. It is being built with red brick and Portland stone to the main fronts, and the walls of the internal court are being faced with Wortley white-glazed bricks relieved with coloured bands. The dome and cupola will be covered with copper. The carving is being executed by Mr. Syd Horsman, of London, and the fireproof staircases, etc, by Messrs. J.L. Wilkinson and Co., of Westminster. The building is being erected by Mr. J.H. Corke, of Portsmouth, from the designs of Mr. C.W. Bovis, F.R.I.B.A., of that town. Mr. A.J. Lewis is the clerk of works.” Published in The Building News, February 24, 1899.