Manchester Town Hall
Manchester Town Hall is a Victorian,
Neo-gothic municipal building in Manchester,
England. It is the ceremonial headquarters
of Manchester City Council and houses a number
of local government departments.
Designed by architect Alfred Waterhouse, the
town hall was completed in 1877. The building,
facing Albert Square, contains offices and grand
ceremonial rooms such as the Great Hall which is
decorated with Ford Madox Brown's imposing Manchester
Murals illustrating the history of the city.
The entrance and Sculpture Hall contain busts and statues of influential figures including Dalton, Joule and Barbirolli. The exterior is dominated by the clock tower which rises to 280 feet (85 m) and houses Great Abel, the clock bell. In 1938, a detached Town Hall Extension was completed and is connected by two covered bridges over Lloyd Street. The town hall, which was granted Grade I listed building status on 25 February 1952, is regarded as one of the finest interpretations of Gothic revival architecture in the world.