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New book celebrates Birmingham’s Victorian and Edwardian architects

During the 19th century there was a marked preference in Birmingham for using local architects to design local buildings. Now, for the first time a new publication brings together the work of the leading practitioners of the period.

Birmingham's Victorian and Edwardian Architects, edited by Phillada Ballard, is made up of 26 essays on individual architects or architectural practices.

These were men noted for their versatility, their output ranging from villas to churches, banks to hospitals. They designed civic buildings such as a prison, an asylum, a workhouse, Council House, public libraries and an Art Gallery. Later Birmingham's architects built shopping arcades, gentlemen's clubs, hotels and purpose-built factories.

The book also contains pieces on the arts and crafts architects whose work received national and international recognition.

Contributors include architectural, local and social historians, university lecturers, conservation officers and practicing architects.

Birmingham's Victorian and Edwardian Architects, edited by Phillada Ballard is published by Oblong on 26th September 2009. £41.

An offer price of £35 (only until 1 November 2009) is available via the Birmingham and West Midlands Group of The Victorian Society on 0121 449 5186 or email.

Alternatively you can send a cheque (payable to: "The Victorian Society - Mary Heath Account") to:

Book Offer
The Victorian Society
Birmingham & West Midlands Group
54 Prospect Road
B13 9TD

Monday 21 September, 2009

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