Rising Sun Arts Centre
The Rising Sun Temperance Tavern was built in 1877 among the then massed ranks of pubs and other houses of ill repute on Silver Street. It was built to the design of Alfred Waterhouse (also responsible for the far grander Natural History Museum in London) and is now listed as a Grade II building by English Heritage.
After some years spent as a shop, the building eventually fell out of use and into disrepair, when it was squatted by artists in 1990. The group founded The Rising Sun Arts Centre, which gained official charity status in 1997.
The RSAC's blog also has a gallery of historical pictures of the Rising Sun, Silver St and other parts of Reading.
An interview with Felix Brunner: there is a house on Silver Street… Matthew Farrall; The Whitley Pump; 22 Oct 2017