The Royal Liver Building, floodlit exterior, 1936

Stewart Bale collection online exhibition

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

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. The second of the three landmark buildings at the Pier Head to be built (it was completed in 1911 and designed by Walter Aubrey Thomas), 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.

Note the damage to the top left hand corner of the negative, which has broken off.

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.