The Royal Liver Building is one of Liverpool's iconic Three Graces. Built in 1911 it sits majestically on the Liverpool waterfront.
At the top are two towers and on top of each there sits a Liver Bird statue, a Liverpool icon in itself. The story goes that if these Liver Birds every fly away then the city of Liverpool will fall. I even have a plush Liver Bird which was bought for me about 25 years ago. The birds are apparently a cross between an eagle and a cormorant, a bird which is a sign of good luck to sailors.
Each tower also has a clock face larger than those on big Ben. These clocks started moving at the exact time of King George's coronation. They are the largest electronically driven clocks in England.
The Royal Liver Building was England's first skyscraper and stands 13 floors tall. It was the first building to use reinforced concrete in its construction.
The building itself is still in use today, most notably by Royal Liver Insurance which has always had it's offices here.
It is a stunning building which is definitely worth a visit.
One third of the iconic "Three Graces" and the fundamental international symbol for Liverpool, the Royal Liver Building is unmistakable. Together with the Cunard and the Port of Liverpool buildings, the Liver Building stands majestically, overlooking the Pier Head, the mythical liver birds atop watching over the city and the River Mersey. Legend maintains that the flight of these birds would bring bad luck to the city.
The Liver Building displays two huge clock faces, the dials are reportedly the largest in Britain. The clock faces are larger than those of Big Ben and are clearly visible from the river. Apparently the time was started at the exact moment of the coronation of George V in 1911.
The building currently houses Royal Liver Assurance, and generally invites little exploration; tours used to be conducted here, however I believe they ceased post 9/11 and 7/7 for fear of terrorism at such a significant location, whether these tours have resumed I'm not sure. They definitely should!
But the Liver Building is worth a look even if you can't/ don't go inside: it's beautiful; sit in its shadow and marvel at the magnitude of this stunning Grade I listed building, once known as "Britain's first skyscraper," or board the legendary Mersey ferry and watch the panorama of the world renowned waterfront unfold as you head across the water.
There is no other building on Merseyside that has come to be as internationally recognised nor symbolic of the city than the Liver Building.
Designed by Walter Aubrey Thomas and completed in 1911, the building's construction coincided with the city's greatest era of commercial prosperity and sense of confidence as it was considered an impossible design and one that subsequently inspired other architects, particularly those in New York, to undertake such bold designs in light of new materials such as reinforced concrete.
It's an unusual looking building with a very distinct design that is worth all visitors taking a trip to see up close.
There's something about landmarks that means you can't walk past them without being aware you're walking past a landmark. Say you were sat in a McDonald's playing with a little plastic model of Hamm from Toy Story 3 when Al Jolson walked in. Could you continue with the merriment and not be constantly aware that Al Jolson was there? I thought not. I also really wished that example was based on a real experience.
The Royal Liver Building is arguably Liverpool's most iconic landmark. Built in 1911 and one of the first in the world to use reinforced concrete, it was the city's tallest building for fifty-four years until St John's Beacon overtook it. As for the clock faces that make the building's facade even more distinct, they're larger than Big Ben's and started moving at the exact time King George was coronated.
It is said that if the Liver Birds perched on top of this building ever fly away, the city will fall. This seems a bit odd because they're both a) inanimate and b) chained to the domes to stop this from ever occurring. It makes us look like imbeciles but I'm afraid that last point was not a joke.
I remember once I found myself plunged headlong into the architectural equivalent of uncanny valley when I noticed for the first time that the Liver Building boasted not one but two towers. I had, for eleven or twelve years, believed it to be the case that here stood but one tower. But nope. There's two. No idea how I'd ever missed the other one, but as a discovery it shook me cold. Nobody was around. I had to wait until I got home before detailing the shock - The Liver Building has two towers, not one! I know. Oh. It's always had two towers. I've never previously noticed. Growing up is difficult and it's always the worst parts you remember.
Anybody who scoffs at the notion that the city will fall into ruination clearly has never seen a Ray Harryhausen film. Sinbad, Clash of the Titans, Jason & The Argonauts - primitive stop motion animation of mythical beasties mingling seamlessly with live-action actors - many scoff and guffaw at such effects these days. But for me it's simply made it possible to imagine the creaking and groaning horror that would come to pass were the birds to ever become animated. It would, of course, be accompanied - maybe even triggered - by a lightning strike.
Dust and rust would fall from those aching screeching mechanical joints - chains would snap free, link by link, and with a sickening grind the birds would, in tangent, turn to view the city with whose defence they were entrusted. And their expression would be blank. Blank not just on account of the notion that their eyes are hewn from metal. Nope - blank because *they've stopped caring*.
They'd rear and batter their wings and emit a foul metallic cry which would deafen many and haunt the nightmares of all before taking flight like prodigal harpies - then it would begin. I always understood the myth to be that the city wouldn't fall. It would *sink*. There'd be an almighty lurch as the Mersey itself swelled its banks and swallowed all in its path - the birds, having forsaken us, fly magestically away from the carnage in whose conception they played a part.
My brother had dreamt apocalyptically and suspected that it would occur on the eve of the 2008 celebrations. We were all relieved when it didn't come to pass. But now the dreams have merely been updated to 2012. Take care.
This is a review not regarding the use of the Liver buildings but of their aesthetic value and importance to the people of Liverpool. These buildings are a universal symbol of the city and something which is instantly recognisable to people the world over.
The two buildings side by side do a fantastic job of representing togetherness and a sense of community within the city and this is something which is vitally important to the residents of Merseyside.
On the whole these majestic buildings do a fantastic job of showing just how special Liverpool can be as a city and it reflects the personality of the inhabitants.
This is a special place in liverpool because everyone knows it, its such a good looking building.Liverpool just would be the same without it on the shore front.
Its has been open since 1911 !!! And is without a doubt one of Liverpool most recognisable landmarks in the city of Liverpool and is home to two fabled Liverbirds that watch over the city and the sea. awwww
Inside is generally offices and people come and go from there working, there are alot of banks offices and lawers inside.
The Royal Liver Building is arguably the most famous building in Liverpool. It was designed in 1908 by Walter A. Thomas and was completed in 1911.
Royal Liver Building, Liverpool
At the top of the building, sat on each of the two towers are the mythical Liver Birds, the symbol of Liverpool. They are 18 feet tall, have a total wing span of 24 feet and are made of copper. Local legend has it that if they fly away, Liverpool will cease to exist. The Liver Birds are a cross between an eagle and a cormorant (the bird of good luck to sailors). A German sculptor called Carl Bernard Bartels, who was living in England, designed them. When the Great War broke out, Carl Bernard Bartels was arrested as a German citizen and imprisoned on the Isle of Man. The City of Liverpool removed all reference to his achievements and at the end of the war, despite having a wife in London, he was sent back to Germany.
Royal Liver Building clock face
The clocks, 25 feet in diameter, are bigger than the clocks in London's Big Ben and are the largest electrically driven clocks in the United Kingdom. They were built to give mariners the most accurate local time and are said to be accurate to within thirty seconds per year.
The Royal Liver Building is 90 metres (295 feet) in height and has thirteen floors. When it was completed in 1911, the Royal Liver Building was Britain's first skyscraper. It was built using a revolutionary steel and concrete structure.
So stand in awe because despite all the millions invested in the city the Liver Building is still the most famous part of Liverpool to us and our visitors.
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