SJ8398 : Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester (1)

taken 7 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester (1)
Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester (1)
A magnificent statement of Victorian civic pride and wealth. Of the great northern town halls of this age, Manchester is unsurpassed among Gothic buildings, and vies with Leeds's Classical (SE2933 : Town Hall, The Headrow, Leeds) for the overall title. It was built to the designs of Alfred Waterhouse, 1868-77. Waterhouse landed a lot of plum commissions and never disappointed, although Pevsner remarked that "credit for this masterly work is owed to informed civic patronage as well as the architect." Much of the building is hidden here by trees, but the soaring tower (286ft) is the focus (SJ8398 : Detail of Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester (1)). Decoration, sparingly used for such a monumental building, is largely confined to statuary (SJ8398 : Detail of Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester (2)). Pevsner also notes that "polychromy ... was virtually eschewed from the exterior ... experience had shown Waterhouse that Manchester's buildings were soon soot-black." The building is faced in durable Spinkwell stone (ironically, from Yorkshire). It is triangular in plan with long elevations facing Princess (SJ8398 : Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester (2)) and Lloyd Streets. Grade I listed.
Another view of this front: SJ8398 : Town Hall, Albert Square, Manchester (3).
A road used to run in front, but the whole area has been pedestrianised within the last twenty years or so and is used to host events such as the Manchester Jazz Festival, ongoing at the time of the photo.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 23 July, 2011   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 2 February, 2012
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Public buildings and spaces 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8385 9809 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.7570N 2:14.6888W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8375 9805
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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