Birmingham

Pevsner City Guide

Andy Foster

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August 4, 2005
320 pages, 4 3/4 x 8
30 b/w + 140 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300107319
Paper

This is a detailed, authoritative, and easy-to-use guide to the architectural wealth of England’s second city, the “workshop of the world.” Birmingham’s major buildings include its splendid English Baroque cathedral, pioneering Neo-Roman town hall, and still controversial Central Library of the 1970s. Streets of rich and varied Victorian and Edwardian architecture bear witness to an earlier era when Birmingham’s civic initiatives were the admiration of the country. More recently, the city has been rejuvenated with architecture on a giant scale, including the iconoclastic Selfridges and the canalside precinct of Brindleyplace, where Modernism and Classical Revival are excitingly juxtaposed.

The guide also explores a variety of outer districts and suburbs, among them the famous Jewellery Quarter, the stucco villas of Edgbaston, and Cadbury’s celebrated Garden Suburb at Bournville. A connecting theme is provided by the local Arts and Crafts school, which flourished well into the twentieth century.

Andy Foster is an architectural historian based in Birmingham.

'Andy Foster has condensed a remarkable amount of architectural information...[he] breaks new ground with his detailed survey of the work of the home-grown architects.' - Warwickshire Evening Telegraph

"Birmingham, Britain’s second-largest city, deserves to be better known. . . . Architectural historian Foster, assisted by several contributors, offers a fresh, comprehensive overview of [Birmingham’s 19th century heritage] while also presenting trenchant assessments of contemporary buildings. Highly recommended."—Choice

“…indispensable for anyone who wishes to get to grips with the architectural history of the city. Comprehensive…and beautifully illustrated, it is far more readable than the terse and cryptic volume for Warwickshire that it at long last replaces. I find myself dipping in it all the time.” - Chris Upton, Birmingham Post
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