🌫Storm clouds gathering over Royal Liver building. Overlooking the River Mersey and dominating one of the world’s most famous waterfront skylines.
This iconic symbol of Liverpool, built in 1911, and at the time, the tallest building in Europe, has the enviable status of a Grade 1 listed landmark building.
At the heart of Liverpool's famous, iconic and always developing waterfront. Visually, nothing defines the city more than the Royal Liver and accompanying Cunard and Port of Liverpool buildings by Pier Head. Known collectively as the "Three Graces". The Royal Liver building was built between 1908 and 1911 as the headquarters for the Royal Liver Friendly Society. It was constructed on a newly reclaimed building site, which used to be George’s Dock.
At the turn of the nineteenth century Liverpool Corporation funded the development of three new sites for what are now called the Three Graces – the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board building, The Cunard Building, and the Liver Building.
The Liver Building was the second to be built and by far the most ambitious by the architect Walter Aubrey Thomas. When completed the building was described in the press as a ‘skyscraper’ which it was, being the tallest inhabited building in Europe until 1934 and the tallest in the United Kingdom until 1961.
As well as its remarkable construction the building has an unusual architectural style with Byzantine elements in the towers, and a Baroque porch, though its main character hints at contemporary architecture from across the Atlantic. This is a theme that may well have been influenced by my predecessor, Charles Reilly, the highly influential professor of architecture at Liverpool who favoured the North American styles.
Widely considered among England’s finest cities, Liverpool is so much better in real life and the adjacent buildings are quite simply stunning. If you are visiting this really is a must see. #rockarphotography #streetphotography #storm #stormiscoming #liverpool #clouds #royalliverbuilding #liverbuilding #iconicbuildings #iconicarchitecture #cityscape #sky #photographer #thebeatles #skyline #cityscape #stormclouds #stormy #landmark #WalterAubreyThomas #ThreeGraces