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Art Gallery Council House Council House Extension, Birmingham

Description: Art Gallery Council House Council House Extension

Grade: II*
Date Listed: 25 April 1952
English Heritage Building ID: 217695

OS Grid Reference: SP0658387044
OS Grid Coordinates: 406583, 287044
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4813, -1.9045

Location: 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3AG

Locality: Birmingham
County: Birmingham
Country: England
Postcode: B3 3AG

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Listing Text

City Centre B3
25.4.52 Council House,
21.1.70 City Museum and Art Gallery
and Council House extension
(formerly listed as
Art Gallery under
Chamberlain Place and The
Extension of the Council
House and Art Gallery under
Congreve Street)
SP 0687 SE 29/1
SP 0686 NE 33/38
1874-9 by H R Yeoville Thomason. Stone; tile roof. Three storeys plus basement;
3 bay centrepiece plus 8 bay wings whose outer bays are advanced and carry
segmental pediments. The centre piece with a wide and deep porte-cochere carrying
a balcony behind which a central arch with mosaic tympanum by Salviati flanked by
Corinthian piers and columns carrying a pediment with carved relief. Behind this,
a dome on a high drum. Either side windows with shoulders and the first and
second floors articulated by giant Corinthian pilasters. Inside, a grand staircase
beneath the dome leads up to a suite of 3 reception rooms on the first floor with
Corinthian pilasters and coffered ceilings. The Council Room is small and semi-
circular. On the left hand return, the entrance to the City Museum and Art Gallery
which occupies part of the same site. 1881-5 and also by Yeoville Thomason. In
general design and decoration the building follows the Council House. The entrance
up steps within a 2 storeyed portico with sculptured pediment. To its left 'Big
Brum', a tall clock tower with tiled roof. At the head of the main staircase of
the museum, a fresco, Corporation Street in March 1914, by Joseph Southall 1915-6.
Joined to the main building by a bridge on a broad segmental arch over Chamberlain
Square and bounded by Great Charles Street, Queensway B3, Congreve Passage B3,
Chamberlain Square B3 and Margaret Street B3 is the Council House extension housing
also the Feeney Art Galleries of the City Museum and Art Gallery. 1911-9 by Ashley
and Newman. Stone. Two storeys plus basement and attic. In an Edwardian
Renaissance rather than Baroque style with banded rustication to the ground floor and
a giant order in the upper floors.

Listing NGR: SP0658387044

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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