Royal Liver Building - Liverpool, UK

Walter Aubrey Thomas
Date Built
Opened 1911
Canada Boulevard and Water Street
The Royal Liver Building was the second of the so called Three Graces to be built on Liverpool's Pier Head.  These three iconic buildings grace the riverside in what is now a World Heritage Site.  The Grade 1 Listed building was built as the headquarters of the Royal Liver Friendly Society and atop its two prominent towers stand copper mythical Liver Birds. Each of the 18 foot high birds stands with half-upraised wings and carries a sprig of seaweed in its beak.  One bird looks towards the river and the other towards the city.

English Heritage first listed the building in 1966.  They describe it as one of the first multi-storey concrete framed buildings in the world.  The concrete frame is clad in granite and the front of the building features four giant buttress projections. It comprises eight storeys and a further two storeys of attics.  On the roof there are a number of domes and twin clock towers.