Hardback248 PagesSize: 260 x 230 x 28 mm
ISBN: 9781848220744Publication: September 12, 2012



Birmingham Town Hall

An Architectural History

Anthony Peers, with a Foreword by Frank Salmon

£40.00 GBP

  • Provides the first account of the construction of a major British landmark
  • The narrative is informed by the findings of the extensive fabric analysis and recording carried out while the building was laid bare during a major refurbishment scheme
  • Combines 19th-century colour plans and photographs from the Birmingham City Archives with new photographs of the fabric of the building taken during the process of its restoration


Birmingham Town Hall occupies a central place in the history of Britain's second city. Built in 1834 to champion and reflect Birmingham's civic achievements, the Town Hall's design was based on the form and style of a partially surviving Roman temple and involved architectural luminaries such as Sir John Soane. This is the first book to provide an accessible account of the building's construction and history.

Grand and impressive, the Town Hall is a landmark building in the heart of the city of Birmingham and has played a major role in the city's musical, political, architectural and social history. Architectural historian Anthony Peers, who played a key part in the recent conservation of the Town Hall, discusses the construction of the building and the several subsequent schemes of alteration which were required over the following decades as the building's use evolved. He combines new site-based fabric recording and analysis with existing documentary sources to add greatly to our understanding of the building's construction.

Birmingham Town Hall will be welcomed by architects, architectural historians, all those interested in local history and building conservation, and those for whom the Town Hall is a much-loved landmark in Birmingham. It provides fascinating insight into the history of the city and the architecture of one of its key landmarks.

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