Birmingham Reference Library with the civic fountain the foreground, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham

RIBApix ref no RIBA51386
Architect/DesignerBarfield, Samuel (1829-1899)
Chamberlain, John Henry (1831-1883)
Martin & Chamberlain
Artist/PhotographerGalwey, Reginald Hugo de Burgh (1917-1971)
CountryUK: England
Subject Date1882
Image Date1968
Library ReferenceAP Box 649 B'ham/Old Central
Colour / B&W Black and white
Credit Architectural Press Archive / RIBA Collections
Notes NOTES: This library was designed by Martin & Chamberlain and opened in 1882, replacing the earlier library of 1865 designed by John Chamberlain which was destroyed by fire in 1879. The building was demolished in 1974 after a long campaign to preserve it. The civic fountain was erected in 1880 by public subscription in gratitude for Joseph Chamberlain's time as mayor (1873-1876). It was designed by John Chamberlain of Martin & Chamberlain and executed by the sculptor Samuel Barfield.

Subject tags

libraries, squares, fountains, monuments