St Georges Hall
Architect Harvey Lonsdale Elmes from London, won a competition in 1839 to design a hall which was to be built on a site formerly occupied until 1824 by the first Liverpool Infirmary. Eight years later Elmes died, but in 1847 the work was continued by structural engineer Robert Rawlinson and Corporation Surveyor John Weightman.
In 1851 Sir Charles Cockerell was appointed architect and work was finally completed three years later in 1854. In 1969 Pevsner expressed his opinion that it is one of the finest Neo-Grecian buildings in the world.
The last thing to be done before the inauguration of St George’s Hall in 1854, was the priceless mosaic floor consists of 30,000 Minton tiles. The geometric designs inside consist of circles, the largest of which, at 40 feet in diameter, depicts the Royal Arms surrounded by a laurel wreath and stars of 16 points.
Since the 1860s the tiles have been protected with a raised wooden floor, when the unique Minton tiled floor was uncovered to mark the Hall's centenary in 1954, more than 100,000 people queued to see it.
I took these images when the floor was unveiled a few weeks ago and took the opportunity to take some more photos of the architectural detail in the hall as well as the floor tiles
The rest of the images are all taken on a 70-200mm lense, something that is not always associated with architectural photography, but its always good to have a long lense in the bag to get close to some finer details, these images include the ceiling, stained glass at both ends of the hall and the statues
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