City Hall, Cardiff
City Hall (Welsh: Neuadd y ddinas) is a civic building in Cathays Park, Cardiff, Wales, UK. It serves as Cardiff's centre of local government. It was built as part of the Cathays Park civic centre development and opened in October 1906. Built of Portland stone, it is an important early example of the Edwardian Baroque style.
|Cardiff City Hall|
|Architectural style||Edwardian Baroque|
|Official name||Cardiff City Hall|
|Designated||25 January 1966|
|Town or city||Cardiff|
|Country||Wales, United Kingdom|
|Client||Corporation of Cardiff|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Henry Vaughan Lanchester|
Edwin Alfred Rickards
The competition to design Cardiff's fifth town hall and adjacent law courts was won in 1897 by the firm of Lanchester, Stewart and Rickards. Construction was carried out by local builders E. Turner and Sons.
Turned and Sons used the world's first all-electrically operated building site, including eight 5 ton cranes to lift the stone blocks. The total building cost was £129,708 (with the concurrently-built Law Courts next door costing £96,583).
The distinctive clock tower is 59 m (194 ft) in height has a 3.7 m-diameter (12 ft) gilded dial on each of its four faces. The clock mechanism includes an hour bell and four quarter bells which are each inscribed with mottoes in English or Welsh.
Fountains and poolEdit
The building has two memorials. The memorial on the left is dedicated to Polish soldiers, airmen and sailors who gave their lives during the Second World War 1939–1945. The one on the right is dedicated to victims of the war.
Interior rooms, functions and art collectionsEdit
The first floor landing of City Hall is decorated with statues in Pentelicon marble of famous figures from Welsh history. These were funded by a gift from David Alfred Thomas, 1st Viscount Rhondda; the personages to be commemorated were decided by a competition in the Western Mail. The Marble Hall was unveiled by David Lloyd George, then Secretary of State for War, on 27 October 1916.
- Boudica (1st century queen of the Iceni) by J. Havard Thomas
- Saint David (6th century, patron saint of Wales) by Sir William Goscombe John
- Hywel Dda (King Howell the Good. law giver 10th century) by F. W. Pomeroy
- Gerald of Wales (Scholar and writer in the 12th & 13th centuries) by Henry Poole
- Llywelyn Ein Llyw Olaf (Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, the last ruling Prince of Wales) by Henry Albert Pegram
- Dafydd ap Gwilym (Welsh poet of the 14th century )by W. W. Wagstaff
- Owain Glyndŵr (Welsh patriot and warrior of the 14th & 15th centuries)by Alfred Turner
- Henry VII ( Founder of the Tudor dynasty 15th & 16th centuries)by Ernest Gillick
- Bishop William Morgan (translated the bible into Welsh in the 16th century) by T. J. Clapperton
- William Williams, Pantycelyn (Revivalist and hymn writer 18th century) by L. S. Merrifield
- Sir Thomas Picton (General at Waterloo, 18th & 19th centuries) by T. Mewburn Crook
This room has hosted royalty, international statesmen and diplomats, and can seat 500 diners simultaneously. It is used for miscellaneous ceremonies, conferences and events during the year. It is decorated with mouldings picked out in gold leaf, of mermaids and other sea creatures. Three large bronze chandeliers are contemporary to the original architects' design.
This is located above the main entrance portico and directly below the main dome of the building. Hanging from the dome is a bronze chandelier designed by Rickards. Unusual in that the seating is set in a circular pattern, normally British council chambers have semicircular seating. The chamber was designed to host Cardiff's Council meetings (which have subsequently been relocated to Atlantic Wharf). The dome of City Hall is supported by four massive pillars of Italian marble with bronze Ionic capitals. The chamber is panelled throughout in oak. The plaster work is by G.P. Bankart and the stained glass window depicts a personification of the City of Cardiff, dated 1905 by A. Garth Jones
In popular cultureEdit
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- "Cardiff City Hall and Law Courts - The Opening Ceremonies". The Cardiff Times. Cardiff. 3 November 1906. pp. 4–5 – via Welsh Newspapers Online.
- Cardiff Council City Hall Cardiff: Visitor Information Guide Second edition, 2006
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