Historic architecture - Birmingham (City Centre) trail

Old Contemptibles Pub

No better place to start than the Old Contemptibles Pub, built in the late 18th Century which took its changed name from the brave men that fought in World War Two. 

More HERE about The Old Contemptibles.

Old Contemptibles Pub.  Photography by Daniel Sturley

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Victoria Law Courts

A Grade I listed red brick and terracotta building designed by Aston Webb & Ingress Bell in 1886. 

More HERE about The Victoria Law Courts.

Victoria Law Courts. Photography by Elliott Brown 

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Methodist Central Hall

The Methodist Central Hall, located at the northern end of Corporation Street, is a stunning red brick and terracotta Grade II listed building designed by Ewan and James Harper.

More HERE about Methodist Central Hall

Photography by Mac McCreery

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The Lewis Building

Lewis's, opened in Corporation Street in 1885. The store was the forerunner of the modern department store. As an office development, it retains the grandeur of the original building.

More HERE about the Lewis Building

Photography by Daniel Sturley

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Great Western Arcade

The Great Western Arcade located between Colmore Row and Temple row is a wonderful Grade II listed Victorian shopping arcade built in 1875-76 over the Great Western Railway Line. 

More HERE about the Great Western Arcade.

Photography by Mac McCreery

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The Grand Hotel

The Grand Hotel on Colmore Row was recently entirely refurbished.

More HERE about the Grand Hotel.

Photography by Daniel Sturley

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St Philip's Cathedral

Cathedral Square in Birmingham is home to the city’s majestic St Philips Cathedral. Built in 1715, it gained Cathedral Status in 1905. It is the seat of the Bishop of Birmingham.

Cathedral Square is in the Colmore Business District and is home to Birmingham Cathedral.

More HERE about St Philip's Cathedral.

Cathedral Square

103 Colmore Row with Birmingham Cathedral in Cathedral Square (December 2020). Photography by Elliott Brown

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The Midland Bank Building

The building located on Bennetts Hill used to be the Head Office of the Midland Bank.  The building completed in 1835 now hosts a popular bar in the heart of the city.

More HERE about the Midland Bank Building

The Midland Bank Building.  Photography by Daniel Sturley

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The National Provincial Bank Building

This magnificent Grade II listed building is to be found on Waterloo Street. It was designed and built between 1869-1870 by local Castle Bromwich architect, John Gibson.

More HERE about the National Provincial Bank Building.

The National Provincial Bank Building.  Photography by Daniel Sturley

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Birmingham and Midland Eye Hospital

This is a truly wonderful building and a great example of how a landmark Victorian building built in 1823-24 can be sympathetically transformed into a 66 bed luxury boutique hotel.

More HERE about the Birmingham and Midland Eye Hospital.

The Birmingham and Midland Eye Hospital.  Photography by Daniel Sturley

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110 Edmund Street (Former Scottish Mutual)

106-110 (now numbered 110), Former Scottish Mutual Assurance Society. Flemish revival style in red brick and sandstone. Built in 1895 by Frank Barlow Osbourne for W. M. Smythe, Solicitors. Now a pub at ground level, the building is Grade II listed.

More HERE about the 110 Edmund Street

110 Edmund Street.  Photography by Daniel Sturley

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The Edison Exchange Building

The Bell Edison Telephone Building is situated at 17 & 19 Newhall Street in the Colmore Business District. Built in 1896 as the Central Telephone Exchange and offices for NTC.

More HERE about the Edison Telephone Building

The Edison Exchange Building.  Photography by Daniel Sturley

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Victoria Square House

Victoria Square House was designed in the French Renaissance style and was the city's head post office up till 1972.

The former public counter of the post office is now a grand entrance lobby for the office building.

More HERE about the Victoria Square House

Victoria Square House from the Council House (August 2020). Photography by Daniel Sturley

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Town Hall

Birmingham Town Hall is a Grade I listed building which is a concert hall and venue for popular assemblies.

It was opened in 1834 and is situated in Victoria Square and Chamberlain Square. Birmingham Town Hall was also the first significant work of the 19th-century revival of Roman architecture.

More HERE about the Town Hall

Birmingham Town Hall.  Photography by Daniel Sturley

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Birmingham City Council House

The Birmingham Council House is home to the City's Council. The land on which the Council House and adjacent Museum and Art Gallery are located was purchased in 1853. It is located in Victoria Square in the city centre and is a Grade II listed building. The Council House has its own postcode, B1 1BB

More HERE about the Council House

Birmingham City Council House.  Photography by Daniel Sturley

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Birmingham School of Art 

The beautiful terracotta building in Margaret's Street, Birmingham, home to Birmingham City University's School of Art.

More HERE about the School of Art

Birmingham City University's School of Art.  Photography by Daniel Sturley

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Birmingham & Midland Institute

In the heart of the city on Margaret Street is a wonderful architectural gem with connections to Charles Dickens and home to the first Birmingham Library.

More HERE about the School of Art

Birmingham and Midland Institute.  Photography by Daniel Sturley

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Museum and Art Gallery

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery is situated in Chamberlain Square, and first opened in 1885. The gallery was extended in 1911, and is above the Council House. Home of Big Brum clocktower.

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is located in Birmingham's Chamberlain Square.

More HERE about the Museum & Art Gallery

Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery  Photography by Elliott Brown

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The World War One Hall of Memory

The Hall of Memory is a war memorial designed by Cooke and Twist which was opened in 1925 in Centenary Square, Birmingham.

More HERE about the Hall of Memory

The WW1 Hall of Memory.  Photography by Daniel Sturley

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Baskerville House

Built in 1938 in the Art Deco style, Baskerville House, previously called the Civic Centre, is a former civic building in Centenary Square. The building is steeped in history.

More HERE about Baskerville House

Baskerville House.  Photography by Daniel Sturley

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The Exchange (University Of Birmingham)

Follow the refurbishment of the former Municipal Bank at Arena Central. University of Birmingham has great plans for this amazing Grade II listed space of such historic importance.

More HERE about The Exchange

The Exchange.  Photography by Daniel Sturley

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The Malt House

The Malt House, now a popular canalside pub, is a traditional building that was once an historic maltings and nail warehouse.

More HERE about The Malt House

The Malt House.  Photography by Daniel Sturley

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Ikon Art Gallery

IKON is an international acclaimed contemporary art venue located in Birmingham. Ikon is located in Brindleyplace, Birmingham. It is housed in the Grade II listed, neo-gothic former Oozells Street Board School, designed by John Henry Chamberlain in 1877.

More HERE about The Ikon

The Ikon Art Gallery.  Photography by Daniel Sturley

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The Crown Inn

Built in1781, The Crown Inn is a public house on Broad Street and is Grade II listed. Although originally built in 1781, it was rebuilt in 1883, 1930 and 1991. The sash windows on the first and second floors are from the 1781 building, the architect for the 1883 work was William Jenkins and for the 1930 work, it was E F Reynolds.

More HERE about The Crown Inn

The Crown Inn - A Birmingham Gem!

The Crown Inn on Broad Street.  Photography by Daniel Sturley

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