Built in 1896, this highly decorated block of flats would certainly have formed a landmark on the edge of the mining town. The shops on the ground floor echo the shape dictated by the diagonal line. Presumably the name change occurred with the anti-German feeling in World War I. In 1987 Carmel and the adjoining Nathanson’s Building were earmarked for demolition but a public outcry led architects RFB to a new solution. This involved shifting Gardees Arcade further west and cantilevering the proposed new office preserving the arcade to this day.
16 Diagonal Street, Newtown
Photographs of the Carmel Building (The Heritage Portal)