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Liverpool (2) The Pierhead Area, the 'Three Graces'

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The Pierhead area on the banks of the River Mersey is dominated by three ambitious buildings representing the great Imperial Edwardian optimism of the early 20th century.

The three magnificent pieces of architecture are known as the 'Three Graces' buildings, namely (i) The Royal Liver Building, (ii) The Cunard Building and (iii) The Mersey Docks and Harbour Board Offices.

 The Liver Birds on top of the towers of the Royal Liver Building.


The Royal Liver Building built in 1908-1910 by W. Aubrey Thomas. It is constructed of reinforced concrete (early use of such material) ands tone and eight storeys high.


The Royal Liver Building


The Royal Liver Building


The Mersey Docks and Harbour Board Offices built in 1907 by Thornley


The Mersey Docks and Harbour Board Offices


The Mersey Docks and Harbour Board Offices, whose facade has eleven bays and the building is crowned with a huge copper-covered dome


The Mersey Docks and Harbour Board Offices


The Cunard Building is a great square block with sculptural features relatively small and neat. The frame is reinforced concrete and was begun in 1913 and includes some neogothic detailing. In front is the equestrian statue of Edward VII by Sir W. Goscombe John.


The Cunard Building - details

The Cunard Building


The Cunard Building - the interior of the foyer.


The Cunard Building - ceiling of the foyer.


The Cunard Building - the fine columns!


Quite an attractive building of the 'Pacific Steam Navigation Offices', formerly the 'White Star Line' across from Mann Island by Days Inn at the corner of James Street and Goree Strand


Sculpture of Billy Fury (1940-1983) by the sculptor Tom Murphy on the Pierhead


The Legacy Sculpture by Mark DeGraffenried in 2001


The memorial 'IN HONOUR OF ALL HEROES OF THE MARINE ENGINE ROOM' This memorial was erected by international subscription. The sculptor was Sir W. Goscombe John.


The memorial statue sculpture to captain F. J. Walker CB DSO Royal Navy 1896-1904.


'lambnana' sculpture on the Pierhead


The Mann Island Development.


St George's Dock Way L3. The North John Street Ventilation Station - the massive building of one of the air extraction system for the first Mersey Tunnel built between 1925 and 1934 by the engineers Sir Basil Mott and F. A. Brodie and the architect Herbert J. Rowse.


Some quite interesting 'Egyptian' architectural features




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