- City Hall, Cardiff
Cardiff City Hall The City Hall logo with "VC" stands for Villa Cardiff. General information Architectural style Edwardian Baroque Town or city Cardiff Country Wales Completed 1906 Cost £226,288 Design and construction Client Corporation of Cardiff Architect Henry Vaughan Lanchester
Edwin Alfred Rickards
City Hall is a civic building in Cathays Park, Cardiff, Wales. Built of Portland stone, it became the fifth building to serve as Cardiff's centre of local government when it opened in October 1906. The competition to design a town hall and adjacent law courts for Cardiff was won in 1897 by the firm of Lanchester, Stewart and Rickards. Construction was carried out by local builders, E. Turner and Sons. Cardiff received its city charter while construction was underway, in 1905. The building is an important early example of the Edwardian Baroque style.
The distinctive Clock Tower is 194 feet in height has a 12 foot diameter gilded dial on each of its four faces. The clock mechanism includes an hour bell and four quarter bells which are each inscribed with mottoes in English or Welsh.
Fountains and Pool
Interior Rooms, Functions and Art Collections
The Marble Hall
The first floor landing of City Hall is decorated with statues in Pentelicon marble of famous figures from Welsh history. These were funded by a gift from David Alfred Thomas, 1st Viscount Rhondda; the personages to be commemorated were decided by a competition in the Western Mail. The Marble Hall was unveiled by David Lloyd George, then Secretary of State for War, on October 27, 1916.
- Boudica by J. Havard Thomas
- Saint David by Sir William Goscombe John
- Hywel Dda (King Howell the Good) by F. W. Pomeroy
- Gerald of Wales by Henry Poole
- Llywelyn Ein Llyw Olaf (Llywelyn II, the last ruling Prince of Wales) by Henry Albert Pegram
- Dafydd ap Gwilym by W. W. Wagstaff
- Owain Glyndŵr by Alfred Turner
- Henry VII by Ernest Gillick
- Bishop William Morgan by T. J. Clapperton
- William Williams, Pantycelyn by L. S. Merrifield
- Sir Thomas Picton by T. Mewburn Crook
The Assembly Room
This room has hosted royalty, international statesmen and diplomats and can seat 500 diners simultaneously. It is used for miscellaneous ceremonies, conferences and events during the year. It is decorated with mouldings picked out in gold leaf, of mermaids and other sea creatures. Three large bronze chandeliers are contemporary to the original architects' design.
The Council Chamber
This is located above the main entrance portico and directly below the main dome of the building. The chamber was designed to host Cardiff's Council meetings (which have subsequently been relocated to Atlantic Wharf). The dome of City Hall is supported by four massive pillars of Italian marble. The Chamber is panelled throughout in oak.
In popular culture
Landmarks and visitor attractions in Cardiff Tallest buildings in Cardiff LandmarksWales Millennium Centre • Millennium Stadium • Pierhead Building • Senedd • St David's Hall • St David's Hotel & Spa • Ninian Park • SWALEC Stadium • Cardiff International Sports Stadium • Cardiff City Stadium • Cardiff Central Library • Temple of Peace • Llandaff Cathedral • Central Market • Welsh National War Memorial • Animal Wall • Alliance Visitor attractionsNational Museum Cardiff • St Fagans National History Museum • Cardiff Castle • Castell Coch • 2 Glynrhondda Street • Cardiff Bay • Cardiff Centenary Walk • Cardiff International Pool • Cardiff International Sports Village • Cardiff International White Water • Doctor Who Exhibition Centre • Mermaid Quay • Museum of the Welsh Soldier • Norwegian Church • Red Dragon Centre • Techniquest Politics and Government in Cardiff Local Government Local Government
Electoral wardsGrangetown • Heath • Llanishen • Lisvane • Llandaff • Llandaff North • Llanrumney • Pentwyn • Pentyrch • Penylan • Plasnewydd • Pontprennau & Old St. Mellons • Radyr & Morganstown • Rhiwbina • Riverside • Rumney • Splott • Trowbridge • Whitchurch & Tongwynlais
National Assembly for Wales
Constituencies and AMs
Devolved Administration in Wales
Institutions and Venues
House of Commons
Constituencies and MPs
Constituencies and MEPs
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