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Historic Old Curzon Street station entrance building, HS2 development,Birmingham, Curzon Street,Birmingham,West Midlands,England,UK, B5 5LG

Historic Old Curzon Street station entrance building, HS2 development,Birmingham, Curzon Street,Birmingham,West Midlands,England,UK, B5 5LG Stock Photo
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Contributor:

Tony Smith / Alamy Stock Photo

Image ID:

2AEPXA1

File size:

57.1 MB (1.8 MB Compressed download)

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Dimensions:

5472 x 3648 px | 46.3 x 30.9 cm | 18.2 x 12.2 inches | 300dpi

Date taken:

19 October 2019

Location:

Curzon Street,Birmingham,West Midlands,England,UK, B5 5LG

More information:

Birmingham Curzon Street railway station (formerly Birmingham station) was a railway station in central Birmingham, England, opening in 1838 and closed to passengers in 1893 but remaining open for goods until 1966. The station was used by scheduled passenger trains between 1838 and 1854 when it was the terminus for both the London and Birmingham Railway and the Grand Junction Railway The surviving Grade I listed entrance building was designed by Philip Hardwick as the company’s offices and boardroom. Built in 1838, it is among the world's oldest surviving pieces of monumental railway architecture. Costing £28,000 to build, the architecture is Roman inspired, following Hardwick's trip to Italy in 1818–19. It has tall pillars running up the front of the building, made out of a series of huge blocks of stone. The design mirrored the Euston Arch at the London end of the L&BR. The interior was modified in 1839 to accommodate an 'hotel' (the Victoria), although this was probably more in the nature of a refreshment room or public house, and later the booking hall, with a large iron balustraded stone staircase and offices. It is three storeys tall but relatively small. The building was acquired by Birmingham City Council in 1979

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