One of Worthing’s most iconic architectural landmarks, Colonnade House is located in the heart of Worthing’s vibrant cafe quarter. Built in the early 1800s and opened as a library and post office, the building was partially destroyed by fire eighty years later and remodelled in the 1930s. Now Colonnade House is transformed into a unique creative workspace and hub that fosters cross-disciplinary inspiration and collaboration.
The regeneration and ongoing management of Colonnade House has been made possible by Worthing Borough Council working in partnership with the Adur & Worthing Trust and has received significant investment from the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Coastal Communities Fund.
Adur & Worthing Councils are committed to developing a high-quality cultural offer which puts this beautiful stretch of the south coast firmly on the cultural map and have worked with the local arts community to develop the ‘Commit to Culture’ strategy – Colonnade House is a significant step in this process.
“Colonnade may be considered amongst the first public improvements of importance ….The Library comprises a large stock of books in the various departments of literature — the perusal of which is comprehended in the subscription, together with that of newspapers, &c. The situation of this Library is beautiful, from its vicinity to Warwick House, and commanding from the Colonnade a full view of the Steyne and Sea. A magnificent display of jewellery, Tunbridge ware, &c. is exhibited in the Library for sale”
(from ‘A topographical description of Worthing; with brief notices of the places of interest in the vicinity usually visited by strangers’ by John Shearsmith, Surgeon)
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