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Liverpool Town Hall

 

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  • The original part of Liverpool Town Hall was designed by John Wood and built between 1749 and 1754 consisting of a rectangular footprinted building two storeys high topped by a square dome and cupola.
  • In 1785 James Wyatt extended the northern side building it up another floor in the process for this portion although the building was gutted by fire barely a decade later in 1795.
  • Seeing this as an opportunity to remodel the structure, Wyatt took what was originally built and had it reconstructed but with the opportunity to create a huge new dome decorated with Corinthian columns above it, something he had designed but was unable to do prior to the fire. The interior was also remodeled with a grand staircase and views all the way up inside the dome to its coffered ceiling, 32 metres above the floor.
  • Topping the dome is a 3 metre tall bronze statue of Minerva, who amongst other things is the Greek goddess of trade and commerce which she symbolises here.
  • The final major addition, completed in 1820, was the construction of a massive portico on the south side of the building with Doric styled columns.
  • The interior is a suite of civic rooms primarily intended to be function rooms with a dining room, a ballroom, and numerous reception rooms, all of which retain their original Georgian decor.
  • With most such Georgian town halls demolished and replaced by larger and grander Victorian Gothic Revival buildings, Liverpool's survivor is considered one of the best examples of municipal architecture of this period in the world with regular public tours.

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Architect
James Wyatt
John Wood

Reference Data

Reference No.
6404
First Uploaded
08-09-2010
Last Editorial Date
08-09-2010
 

Building Location

Address
Dale Street, Liverpool. L2
Council
Liverpool City Council
County
Merseyside
Region
North West
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Construction start date
1749
Completion date
1820
Heritage Status
Grade I
Style
Neo Classical

Pinnacle Height (AGL)
36.00
Pinnacle Type
Spire
Roof Height (AGL)
33.00

Total Floors (O.G)
4

Market Data

Primary Use
Government
Secondary Use
Clock Tower


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