Liver Buildings, Liverpool
Home of the famous "Royal Liver Insurance", built between 1908 and 1911 it was the largest and finest concrete buildings of its time. In fact, it still looks good and is a lesson to all those designers of the grey concrete monstrosities of the 60's.
The clock towers at front and back are topped by two birds known as "The Liver Birds".
This was one of the things we really wanted to see along the waterfront - but we missed it. Well, we didn't truly miss it, but when we saw it we didn't realise that this IS the Titanic Memorial! It was only later, when we picked up a tourist leaflet that we realised it.
I thought this would be some new addition to the waterfront, but it's been here a long time actually. It commemorates "the brave men of the engine room", originally just of Titanic, but these days it is dedicated to all engineers lost at sea.
This is a view from near the Lusitania propeller looking across what was called Canning Dock (in my day) towards a beautiful brick building that reminds me of the Butchers Hall in Antwerp. This building is the former HQ of the White Star Line, owners of The Titanic, who later became part of the Cunard Line (see later tip).
Built during WW1 as the HQ of the Cunard Shipping Line. Another classical design, supposedly taking inspiration from Italian Pallazzos. It's a bit dwarfed by its neighbours, but blends in nicely for all that.
The most famous (and beautiful) of the buildings on Liverpool's waterfront are colloquailly known as "the three graces". They are (from nearest to furthest) the Dock Board Offices, The Cunard Building and The Liver Building.
Blending in well with these three is one of my favourites - the mersey tunnel ventilation tower. Designed by Herbert Rowse it looks more like a building than a ventilation duct and blends in very nicely with the surrounding buildings. It is a classic of art deco design.
The 18-foot tall copper birds above the clock towers are the mythical Liver Birds, symbol of the city. Local legend is that if they fly away, Liverpool will cease to exist. Thank god they are attached by very strong cables ;)
The Royal Liver Building is probably Liverpool's best known landmark. It is definitely the most impressive part of the Pier Head Buildings. The building is one of the first large concrete buildings in the world - luckily in those days (1908 to 1911) the style to build with concrete was much nicer than some time later!
The building is home of the Royal Liver Insurance company. At the top of the building there are the city's mythical Liver Birds.
Notice that Liver is pronounced with an I like in "time" whereas Liverpool is pronounced with an I like in "river"
Behind me you will see the three famous Victorian buildings at the Port of Liverpool. Look closely and you will see the Liver bird on top of the Liver Building. I was standing just outside of the Merseyside Maritime Museum when this picture was taken. I had seen these buildings in many pictures of Liverpool.
Just past the Albert Dock along the water. Beautiful historic buildings (Passport Office) and the Liverbirds.
The cities symbols are these oversized birds on top of the Liver Building. You can only guess their dimensions from the ground.
Liverpool best known building. You can't miss it. Remember that it's pronounced as in life not as in live. It's home of the Liver Insurance company.
The famous Cunard shiphoulder company is situated in the middle of the three graces, maybe the most unspectacular one of the three buildings. But the others would miss a part without it I guess
The Liver Birds are held in place by strong cables - if they were to fly away it would bring disaster to Liverpool! (Other say it's to stop the scouse scallies from stealing them ;-)
Built in 1907 for the then Mersey Docks and Harbour Board Company. Quite a classical design, with it's domed roof and its towers. Apparently it is quite ornate inside too, though we didn't visit.
The clocks of the Royal Liver Building are the largest clocks in Britain. The one in London's Big Ben tower might look bigger but with a diameter of 25 feet the ones in Liverpool are larger!