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The Royal Liver Building at night, floodlit, 1936

Archive reference 12612

Liver Building, floodlit at night. One of the famous Liver Bird sculptures on the tower facing inland is in darkness, while its riverside counterpart is clearly illuminated

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A dramatic night shot of the Royal Liver Building which describes the monumental rectangular structure through its totality of lit windows and floodlit western tower. This photograph was commissioned by the Royal Liver Friendly Society.

Note the top of the image shows that the original glass negative has damage and the top left corner has broken off.

The second of the three landmark buildings at the Pier Head to be built, the Liver Building was designed by Walter Aubrey Thomas and completed in 1911. It combined the then relatively new technology of reinforced concrete construction with steel plus a granite cladding, with a style that is hard to categorize. The building has since become uniquely identified with the city, along with the two Liver Birds that crown both towers.

You can read the Maritime Archives and Library Liver Bird information sheet for further information about the stories behind these mythical creatures and how they came to appear on the seal for the city of Liverpool.

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Do you have any special memories of this scene? If you have any information about this photograph or the Stewart Bale company then we’d like to hear from you. Please contact Anne Gleave, curator of photographic archives on 0151 478 4487 or send Anne Gleave an email.