Visit to Liverpool’s St George’s Hall – 11 August 2013

14 Aug

Last Sunday morning had the chance to visit St George’s Hall in Liverpool. The severe neoclassical exterior does not quite prepare one for the ornamented and over the top Roman inspired interior.

Designed by the relatively unknown Harvey Lonsdale Elmes who won the competition in 1839, he died before the completion of the building in 1854, most of the interior decoration and detailing was completed by his celebrated peer Charles Robert Cockerell. The overall feel of the building is of opulence and grandeur, civic pride taken to Victorian lengths but in much more palatable taste than your average city hall.

Confusingly the complex contains courtrooms and cells alongside a splendid small concert hall and the main hall itself. The recent restoration has left it in great shape and hope you enjoy the photographs which were taken during the guided tour so a bit rushed and maybe not quite as sharp, they hopefully relay the feel of the space and some of the details that add to a very impressive ensemble. Surely one of the most important examples of 19th century Greek Revival architecture in the UK  to rival anything built in Bath and Edinburgh.

The notable Minton floor made up of over 30.000 tiles is only revealed for two weeks a year and it coincided with our visit which was fortuitous. Enjoy the shots.

The website of the Hall

Wikipedia entry for the building

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