Liver Buildings, Liverpool
Favorite thing: Edwardian Baroque design (1904) of Sir Arnold Thornley and F.B. Hobbs. Originally the Mersey Docks and Harbour Docks Building - recently restored for both offices and residences. A reinforced concrete frame, clad in Portland Stone. One of Liverpool's "Three graces".
Favorite thing: The Royal Liver Building on the waterfront in Liverpool was one of the first tall structures in the world to be made of reinforced concrete. Its architect was Liverpudian Walter Aubrey Thomas (1859-1934).
The liver birds are a strange cross between an eagle and a cormorant - the sailor's lucky bird. Local tales relate that the female looks across the riverfront waiting for the sailors to return whilst the male faces the back looking towards the pubs!
If you enjoy this kind of info then you need to take the river cruise trip on the ferry!
Favorite thing: Keeping walking past the Liver building, over a little bridge and you will come to the Titanic memorial. Its inscription reads " IN HONOUR OF ALL HEROES OF THE MARINE ENGINE ROOM" so at first you might not realise its referring to the Titanic ;-). It was originally designated as the Engine Room Heroes Memorial (RMS Titanic) but it was subsequently decided to honour all marine engineers and engine room hands lost during WWI and the (RMS Titanic) part of the inscription was not used.
One of my favourite views of Liverpool is this skyline reflection of the Three Graces in the Canning Dock (just by Albert Docks).
The tall tower (of art deco design) is the ventilation shaft for the Mersey road tunnnel.
Taking it in sepia tones seemed to add to the impact. See more reflections in the travelogue.
This building is called "The Liver Buildings". It is a beautiful buildings situated at Pier Head. I like the architecture of this building with a pair of Liver birds on top of the clock towers.
Built in 1911 for the Royal Liver Friendly Society, the Liver Building is still the Head Office for the Royal Liver Friendly Society.
Fondest memory: It is a place for a stroll along the water front, gazing at the beauty of these buidings.
They say there are 3 graces in Liverpool: Liver Building, Cunard Building and Port of Liverpool Builsing. They are vary noticeable building of waterfront scene and the most is Liver building.
They say many years ago, Livers, a kind of birds, stayed on a pool here – the name “Liverpool” is from it. Today people carved a liver, over Liver Building, flying in the sky.
Favorite thing: Completed in 1910, the Liver Building was one of the world's first mult-storey re-inforced concrete buildings. It is the home of the Liver Friendly Assurance Society. The clock faces on each tower, at 25 feet diameter are the lagest in Britain - London's Big Ben is just 23 feet diameter.
I wish I'd noticed this when Laura visited Liverpool with me:
Canada Boulevard, running infront of the Cunard Building with its row of maple trees, is "decidated as a living memorial to the sacrifice, valour and industry of Canadians in the defence of freedom during the battle of the Atlantic 1939-1945
And in recognition of the special relationship that developed between Cananda and the city of Liverpool during those dark days"
This memorial stone was placed here on 15th May 1995 on the 50th anniversary.
Also on the Boulevard the stones in the pavemment bear the nnames of the ships.
One I particularly noticed was HMCS Charlottetown, Canadians who contributed to the victory on the homefront.
The Cunard building, the second Grace, is the former head-quarters of the Cunard Line. Its design was based upon a 16th century italian palazzo.The boardroom overlooking the river was a favourite place for the company dignitaries to watch the regular arrival and departure of their ships with pride.
Decisions to build the great liners, Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth were also taken here.
Favorite thing: The third Liverpool Grace and also an elegant building - symmetrical in the style of a renaissance palace with cupola topped towers at the corners and in the centre a large classical dome, topping a high drum. It is has been suggested that the design for this was borrowed from a competition design for the Anglican Cathedral competition by Professor Reilly in 1902. The interior is also well worth a visit.
The Liverpool waterfront buildings - Cunard, The Liver Buildings and the Port of Liverpool Buildings, commonly known as the 'THREE GRACES'. -are an internationally well recognsed landscape, a symbol of its historic port. Plans are afoot though to add a '4th Grace' to reflect the 21st century.
THIS could be the view of Liverpool from the River Mersey in 2008. The modern designs which have reached the final shortlist in the search for Liverpool's 'Fourth Grace' were revealed exclusively by the local paper "Liverpool Echo" on Wednesday, August 14. This pic shows one of the designer entries. For more info see
For the next few tips though i'd like to show you the Three Graces as they are at the moment.
Fondest memory: Just strolling around the riverside and admiring the architecture of the "Three Graces". There is a riverside promenade with links these buildings with the dock complex affording views across the Mersey and the ferries going backward and forwards to Birkenhead and Wallasey over on the Wirral.
Favorite thing: Home of the famous "Royal Liver Insurance". The clock towers at front and back are topped by two birds known as "The Liver Birds". They are held in place by strong cables - if they were to fly away it would bring disaster to Liverpool!
Favorite thing: The Cunard Building was the home to the Cunard Shipping line, though these days they have moved out to Southampton and the building is now occupied by Prudential Insurance (putting them next door to their rival Royal Liver). Many famous shipping lines had their home in Liverpool in those days (the early 1900's) including the ill fated White Star Line, of Titanic fame.