Birmingham Reference Library with the civic fountain the foreground, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham
|Architect/Designer||Barfield, Samuel (1829-1899)|
|Chamberlain, John Henry (1831-1883)|
|Martin & Chamberlain|
|Artist/Photographer||Galwey, Reginald Hugo de Burgh (1917-1971)|
|Library Reference||AP Box 649 B'ham/Old Central|
|Colour Info||Black and white|
|Credit||Architectural Press Archive / RIBA Collections|
NOTES: This library was designed by Martin & Chamberlain and opened in 1882, replacing the earlier library of 1865 designed by John Chamberlain which was destroyed by fire in 1879. The building was demolished in 1974 after a long campaign to preserve it. The civic fountain was erected in 1880 by public subscription in gratitude for Joseph Chamberlain's time as mayor (1873-1876). It was designed by John Chamberlain of Martin & Chamberlain and executed by the sculptor Samuel Barfield.
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