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Belfast City Hall (Soft back)


This book describes the history and architecture of Belfast City Hall from its inception in 1896 to its completion in 1906. It gives the background to the need for a new town hall in Belfast as well as telling the story of the competition to provide a design for it.
Dr Paul Larmour, 2010.
175 pages.
Soft Back (also available in hard back £20).

42 in stock


The various sources for the elements of the architect Alfred Brumwell Thomas’s design for the building through various changing phases, are identified, while the main elements of the finished building are described and analysed façade by façade on the exterior followed by the main interior spaces room by room.

The development of the grounds around the building is also recounted, with a record of its various monuments, as is the career of the talented architect of the building.

Illustrations include historic sources for the building’s concept; archival views of the exterior and interior including photographs of the building during the course of its construction as well as others taken just as the building was completed; a range of Thomas’s original architectural drawings at various stages of the design and a comprehensive series of modern photographs of the building today, many taken especially for this book.

This is a meticulously detailed, learned and lucid account of what is not only one of the most memorable buildings in Ireland, but also one of the best of its era in the whole of the British Isles. It serves as both a history of a remarkable project and a guide to the building as it stands today.


Weight 860 g
Dimensions 24 × 1 × 27.5 cm