Baskerville House - Road Closed sign

I didn't realise that there was a path down the side of Baskerville House, next to Paradise Circus Queensway.


It links Cambridge Street to Centenary Square and Centenary Way.


A Road Closed sign lying on the pavement.


Baskerville House was previously called the Civic Centre, was a former civic building in Centenary Square, Birmingham.


It is named after John Baskerville, who used to live in a house on this site. The City Council bought the land in 1919 for a new Civic Centre. After various design submissions in the 1920s, it finally started getting built by 1938. World War II halted construction. After the war Roman Imperial imagery went out of fashion.


The building is decorated with the Coats of Arms of Birmingham.


Renovation started in 2003 after the City Council moved out. Work was completed in early 2007.

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Taken on January 12, 2011