Architecture in east Belfast

An introduction to the largely neglected architectural heritage of east Belfast

East Belfast’s architectural heritage is not a matter of impressive public buildings. The Victorian and Edwardian city centre was the site for these symbolic monuments of Belfast’s prosperity.

But east of the Lagan, the manufacturing
industries on which that prosperity was founded left their own architectural marks.

These brick built mill and factory structures have largely vanished, though the Jaffe mill, now the Portview Trading Centre, makes a powerful functional statement. A number of listed buildings on Harland and Wolff’s Queen’s Island site are both poetically dilapidated and architecturally unique.

The terraced housing built by mill and factory owners in Ballymacarrett and elsewhere is a valuable reminder of the lives of the people
who created Belfast’s industrial wealth.

Many of the numerous churches that punctuate the area are of architectural interest, as are buildings like the Corporation Baths on Templemore Avenue, and the YMCA
building around the corner on the Albertbridge Road.

These, and other notable sites, have for many years helped shape the cultural experience of east Belfast.