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IoE Number: 387753
Photographer: Mr John Turner
Date Photographed: 15 April 2001
Date listed: 12 November 1973
Date of last amendment: 12 November 1973
Grade II*

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KINGSTON UPON HULL TA0928NE QUEEN VICTORIA SQUARE 680-1/22/317 (West side) 12/11/73 City Hall GV II* City hall, former art gallery and shops. 1903-09, restored c1950 following war damage, and altered 1986 and 1989. By JH Hirst, City Architect. Ashlar with copper clad mansard roofs. Baroque Revival style. Plinth, first-floor band, dentillated main cornice, coped parapet. 3 storeys and 3 storeys plus attics; 7x23 windows. First-floor windows are mainly cross casements, and second floor windows mainly narrow lights separated by square columns, all with leaded glazing. Eastern entrance front has a recessed centre, 5 windows, with a 2-storey portico with 2 Composite columns, flanked by pairs of similar columns, under a dentillated segmental pediment. In the tympanum, a cartouche flanked by swags. Under the portico, a central window with segmental pediment, flanked by single windows with cornices. Beyond, single windows, also with cornices. Above, a central 2-light window with central column, and beyond, relief panels. Above again, a drum with round-arched windows separated by engaged columns. At the 4 angles, a pair of Roman Ionic columns under a steep pitched open pediment, with large figure sculptures at the bases. Above the dentillated cornice, a copper dome with an open domed cupola and finial. Below, a Doric porte-cochere with pair of square columns at the corners and a balustraded balcony. Central revolving door flanked by panelled square columns, and beyond, pairs of glazed doors, all with overlights. On either side, a round-headed niche with a life-size figure sculpture. Slightly projecting end bays have first a first floor window with keystone and segment-arched hood on brackets. Above, a smaller 3-light window with stone mullions. Below, a square opening with a C20 shop front with bronze window frames, the right one with 2 lights. Returns have panelled upper floors divided by composite pilasters. On the first floor, towards the front, 2 cross casements, and to the rear, a transomed casement, all with keystones and segment-arched hoods on brackets. Above, two 3-light windows towards the front and a 2-light window to the rear. Symmetrical north and south fronts, 10 bays, have the inner 6 bays divided by pilasters which rise through the parapet to form pedestals with moulded flat caps. Above, ramped extensions, also with flat caps, forming buttresses to the attic storey. Panelled upper floors have recesses with flanking pilasters and quarter pilasters, and a second floor cornice and frieze with figures. Each bay has a window with keystone and segment-arched hood on brackets, and above, a 3-light window. Ground floor has 6 late C20 shop fronts. Slightly projecting double end bays have angle pilasters carried through the parapet to form pedestals with flat caps. Full-width dentillated segmental pediment with crested cartouche flanked by swags. Central pilaster and flanking quarter-pilasters in each recess. 2 oval glazing bar windows with segment-arched hoods, and above, two 3-light casements with sills on foliate brackets, double keystones, and half-round hoods. Below, 2 doorways with double keystones and segment-arched hoods on shaped brackets. Between them, and beyond them to the rear, a single plain window. Former art gallery, to the rear, is a windowless block, 2 storeys; 8x10 bays. Roof not visible behind parapet. Corner pilasters with cornice breaks. North and south sides have, towards the front, a single entrance bay defined by a single pilaster. First floor Diocletian window set in a recessed panel with stepped head and swag ornaments. Frieze of allegorical figures. Below, a doorway flanked by single Doric columns in antis, with glazed double door and cornice. Over the door, a coat of arms in relief. Each side has recessed panels with rectangular ornamented cartouches at their heads, inscribed with the names of artists. Above each panel, a cameo portrait of the artist flanked by allegorical figures. Ground floor has 6 square openings with late C20 shop fronts. Rear elevation is of similar design, with 8 panels above and 6 shop fronts below. INTERIOR has marble panelled entrance hall with Ionic pilasters to a round-arched blind arcade on each side. Panelled cross beam ceiling. At the inner end, a 3-bay arcade with coffered round arches, the larger central arch with paired Ionic columns on pedestals, the flanking arches with double pilasters. Branching marble main staircase has intermediate landings and round arches with Ionic columns on pedestals, and contrasting coloured marble balustrades, handrail and wall panels. On the ground floor, on either side, a 3-bay round-arched arcade with Ionic columns, giving access to side lobbies and minor stairs. Under the lower flight, a door in a half-domed recess. First landing has a 2-bay arcade on each side. Top landing has coffered coved ceiling with figure corbels and drops, and a domed stained-glass skylight. Main concert hall has a heavily enriched coved cross beam ceiling with wrought-iron pendant lamps, and dentillated cornice. At the front, a full height segment-headed recess with panelled dado and frieze with Greek figures in relief, containing a 3-tower organ case on a 3-bay round-arched wooden arcade. On either side, 5 bays divided by full height panelled pilasters with cartouches at their heads. In each bay, at floor level, a set back round-arched triple arcade with Ionic marble columns giving access to narrow barrel vaulted corridors with wooden panelling. Above, a balustraded gallery, curved at the rear, with similar recessed arcades in each bay giving access to side corridors. Above again, a Diocletian window in each bay, with leaded glazing. At the front, a doorway with moulded tympanum. At the rear, wooden panelling with cornice and 2 pairs of glazed doors with plaster relief panels above. On the gallery, a curved panelled wooden screen and 2 glazed double doors. Victoria bar, above main entrance, has wood panelled walls and dentilated cornice and coffered ribbed glazed dome on pendentives. At each end, a dentillated cross beam carried on 2 Corinthian columns and pilasters. At each end, a corniced marble fireplace flanked by single doors. To the front, 3 iron framed French windows leading to the balcony. Former art gallery has a central rotunda with enriched round-arched arcades with Doric columns to each bay. 4 openings, one with C20 screens and doors, and 4 half-domed recesses. Vine trail frieze and dentillated cornice. Enriched ribbed dome with skylight. On either side, a hall with moulded cross beam ceiling, cornice and picture rail, and round-arched opening to rotunda. West hall has 2 pairs of doors to south, and to north-east, an opening with 2 square piers. East hall has 2 pairs of doors to the concert hall, and to north, 2 openings with square columns, the right one blocked. An important civic building and a major work of the first City Architect. (Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Yorkshire: York and The East Riding: Harmondsworth: 1972-: 271-272).

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