These large gilded serif letters are found on the facade of the former Lewis’s department store in Liverpool. Built in 1947 to a design by Gerald de Courcy Fraser in a stripped Classical style, it replaced an earlier store largely destroyed during WWII, and was the flagship premises for a company originally established in 1856.
Above the main entrance is a statue of a nude man by Jacob Epstein. Officially known as Liverpool Resurgent, it’s local title is nicknamed locally Dickie Lewis. It was unveiled for Lewis’s Centenary celebrations in 1956 which came as the blitzed store had completed rebuilding. Often used as a meeting place it was immortalised in the 1962 anthemic song In My Liverpool Home” by Peter McGovern :”We speak with an accent exceedingly rare, Meet under a statue exceedingly bare”
The store closed in 2010 and is currently being redeveloped as accommodation.
Location: Ranelagh Street, Liverpool, UK.