Former Municipal Bank Trustee Savings Bank, Birmingham, UK

T. Cecil Howitt
Date Built
Broad Street
This Grade II Listed building on Broad Street across from the Library of Birmingham, was once the Birmingham Municipal Bank.  It was designed by the architect T Cecil Howitt who was also responsible for the much larger Baskerville House located across the road adjacent to the library.

It is described in the listing information as, "... Rectangular plan with entrance, in recessed centre of front behind colonnade, to large rectangular banking hall surrounded by offices. Monumental classical style building. .... Centre of north front breaks forward with Tetrastyle colonnade of giant Ionic columns in antis with broad terminal piers, flanked by blind rusticated walls with recessed corners, the returns of the recesses have tall and narrow decorative grilles; the entablature has a tall parapet and blind attic above set back, with a carved frieze."

"... central round-arched doorway in moulded architrave with rosettes and with bronze doors and fanlight grille; flanking the doorway ornate bronze lanterns."

Inside it had a, "... Large banking hall clad in polished limestone, the arcaded side walls with barley-twist arris mouldings to the arches and with carved roundels above; the front wall has small balconettes and grilles; the ceiling is coffered."

In 2016 the building sits behind hoardings part of a masterplan for the area around it entitled "Arena Central".  The Birmingham Municipal Bank was founded by the city's former Lord Mayor Neville Chamberlain during the First World War.  Initially it had its offices in the Council House before this building was erected in the 1930s.  The building has been vacant for more than a decade, but on November 9, 2016 the Birmingham Mail announced that the council has given a long lease to the University of Birmingham that plans to restore it and use it as, "... a city centre showcase to display its research and host performances and exhibitions."

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