Birmingham City Council House
, England is the home of Birmingham City Council
. It provides office
accommodation for both employed council officers, including the Chief Executive
, and elected council members
, plus the council chamber, Lord Mayor
's Suite, committee rooms and a large and ornate banqueting suite, complete with minstrels' gallery
. The first-floor's exterior balcony
is used by visiting dignitaries and victorious sports teams, to address crowds assembled below.
It is located in Victoria Square
in the city centre and is a Grade II* listed building
. (Birmingham Town Hall
is a separate building, built and used as a concert venue, and is of greater architectural
significance, being listed Grade I.) The Council House has its own postcode, B1 1BB
The side of the building, which faces Chamberlain Square
, is the entrance and façade of the Museum and Art Gallery
which is partly housed within the same building.
The open space which is now Victoria Square
(containing a water feature and steps) was once occupied by Christ Church (built 1805-13, demolished 1899 to be replaced by shops and offices - the Christ Church Buildings, themselves demolished 1970).
The land on which the Council House and adjacent Museum and Art Gallery are located was purchased in 1853. This land consisted of Ann Street which was home to properties such as the "Cabinet of Curiosities
", a clothes shop advertised as "An exhibition for... Read More