This not your average eBay toast rack listing, though. This is the famous Manchester Toast Rack which has recently been put up for sale. It was opened in 1960 and Pevsner called it 'a perfect piece of pop architecture' (surely that should have been 'pop-up architecture'?) and it's one of those buildings that is both loved by those who see it every day, and taken for granted by the same people.
I know I did. I went to senior school opposite the Toast Rack (and the circular building with a shallow dome next to it known as the Fried Egg). We walked past it every week wearing our ultra-short gym skirts on our way to the playing fields for our hated hockey lessons (I associate this walk with being utterly freezing and feeling exposed and ridiculous - we also had to walk past the boys' school). The building was there all the time I was growing up and I never really thought about its amazing design although I did like the fact that it housed the Domestic and Trades College (aka Hollings College) which taught cookery, amongst other things. Yet I have never thought to take a photo of it.
This morning I've been reading that MMU has now moved out and the Toast Rack is on the market. I feel I should dash back to Fallowfield with my camera. It's hard to imagine it not being there, a building to look at from the top of the old 42 bus, a landmark to point out to visitors, a novelty design to be proud of, so I really hope it finds a buyer and a new purpose.