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79 - 83 Colmore Row - RBS - Royal Bank of Scotland

This is the RBS bank building on Colmore Row (no 79 to 83).


It used to be occupied by Silversmiths, hence the medallions of Lorenzo Ghiberti and Benvenuto Cellini.


It is Grade II listed.


79-83, Colmore Row B3, Birmingham





City Centre B3

Nos 79 to 83 (odd)

SP 0687 SE 29/10 21.1.70



Late C19. Stone. Three storeys; 5 bays, the inner 3 slightly advanced. Ground

floor with an arched side entrance up steps and beneath a segmental hood born on

headless birds as brackets, a large arched window on a vermiculated surround. The

principal entrance up steps, arched and within a porch with coupled Corinthian

columns and balcony and then another large window and side entrance. First floor

with, centrally, 3 windows with balconies and flanking unfluted Corinthian columns

carrying heavily ornate segmental pediments with urns and outer windows in moulded

surrounds and with detached segmental pediment. Second floor with an arcade of 7

small arched windows with much sculpture in the spandrels and aprons and, left,

Lorenzo Ghiberti and, right, Benvenuto Cellini. Above, in the centre, a richly

decorated and bracketted cornice with attic balustrade.



Listing NGR: SP0685387037



This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.


Source: English Heritage


Listed building text is © Crown Copyright. Reproduced under licence.



Nos. 79-83, Royal Bank of Scotland, is by J.A. Chatwin, 1871-3, for William Spurrier. He sold silver and plated goods, hence the sculpted heads of Renaissance goldsmiths, Ghiberti and Cellini, in roundels on the top floor, which also reflects the Chamberlainite programme of creating in Birmingham an Italian city state. A rich, original and functional three-storey front.



From Pevsner Architectural Guides: Birmingham by Andy Foster

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Taken on September 12, 2009