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St George's Hall, Lime Street, Liverpool: the top lit Civil Court with its coved ceiling

RIBA Ref No RIBA130498
Architect/DesignerElmes, Harvey Lonsdale (1814-1847)
Cockerell, Charles Robert (1788-1863)
Artist/PhotographerCharles, Martin (1940-2012)
CountryUK: England
Subject Date1854
Image Date1986
StyleClassical Revival
Library ReferenceMC F 140586
Colour InfoBlack and white
CreditMartin Charles / RIBA Collections
SubjectCornices ; Furniture ; Public buildings ; Law courts ; Arches ; Ceilings ; Columns ; Concert halls ; Decorative panels ; Heating and ventilating ; Lamps, lighting fixtures
NOTES: The design for St George's Hall was won in open competition by Harvey Lonsdale Elmes in 1839. Construction began in 1841 and after Elmes's death in 1847 work was continued by the Corporation Surveyor, John Weightman, until C. R. Cockerell took over as architect in 1851. The square panels in the coved ceiling and the continuous wooden cornice above the columns conceal outlet vents for heating and ventilation. Suspended from the ceiling are gasoliers.

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