Surely one of our best city centre buildings is the building on the corner of New Street and Stephenson Street. Once a Midland Bank (rumor has it the one time head office), it is now occupied by Waterstones book store and this company should be applauded for the TLC it appears to devote to the interior matched by the enthusiastic local staff, in my experience that is.
The interior is a veritable treasure trove of ornate architecture and decor. I wonder how many book buying visitors pause and take time to lift their eyes to view the splendid staircases, plaster work and ceiling.
The building was created by the Hortons Estate family and designed in a classical style by accomplished Midlands architect Edward Holmes (1832 -1909) being built between 1867-69. It is now a Grade II listed building.
It has 21,500 sq ft of floor space on 7 floors including basements.
Below is a pictorial tour of the building.
What a jewel in Birmingham’s crown!
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