Local architects Lockwood and Mawson designed the entire village in a classical style, inspired by the Italian Renaissance. Once complete, the village comprised over 800 high quality homes, two churches, a school, adult education institute, park, hospital, baths and wash house, and almshouses for the elderly. In December 2001, Saltaire was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Today those buildings are not only largely physically unaltered, now with Grade II listed status, but remain in use, serving a vibrant modern community.
Salts Mill forms the heart of the village. This impressive building is now fully converted and boasts a contemporary gallery showcasing the work of David Hockney, a superb selection of shops and some tempting restaurants and cafes.
Other public buildings are home to Shipley College and to local businesses; the mill workers’ cottages are now sought after homes and beautiful Victoria Hall, which was set up in 1871 as a “centre for recreation, culture and learning” fulfils exactly the same function today.
The village attracts artists and creatives, and there is a real sense of appreciation for the unique beauty of the site as well as a great community spirit here.