Scouse marvel | St George’s Hall in Liverpool

- 7 January 2014

A quarter of a century since its closure, the St George’s Hall – regarded by the Prince of Wales as the ‘finest neo-classical building in Europe’ – is back in use as an exhibition centre, meeting place and, now, one of Liverpool’s newest musical venues.

Perhaps ‘newest’ is slightly misleading. The foundation stone was laid in 1838 after a public share sale – with shares at the colossal sum of £25 each – raised £23,350. A 25-year-old London architect, Harvey Lonsdale Elmes, won the competition to design a building to house the city’s assize courts as well as the burgeoning Liverpool Triennial Festival of Music.

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