The Strand in central
A six-storey building, the Colonial used to be that of Ace Electrical, whose owner Mr Don Ace said the name came from that of a Cardiff firm - though not Home and Colonial! Originally it was a sail loft and a dwelling-house, then it became a flour warehouse and a tea warehouse, with part used by a sail-maker.
During the last war the
The interior retains the original structure, with brick arched basement vaults supported by inverted T-girders on cross-shaped stanchions. Likewise cast iron pillars support pitch pine cross-beams under timber floors. The building’s exposed flank faces east to Quay Parade, and contains an oculus (circular window) to the attic, two windows to the top floor, and three windows to each of the lower floors at that end. A boarded lift tower breaks the line of the slate roof at the centre.
Amid the night-time exuberance of nearby