New Birmingham Register Office
When my mother and father married in 1959, the Birmingham Register
Office was located in Edmund Street. My guess is that it was in
the part of Edmund Street that was demolished when the old library and
Mason College were lost to the city.
I had assumed that a brand new Register Office, pictured above, was
built on Broad Street
in the early 1960's but I must thank David for pointing out that it was
originally built in the 1950s as the City of Birmingham College of
Commerce. Anyway, the building has now come to the end of its
life and faces demolition. The forthcoming Arena
development will mark the final death knell although it
seems to have received a temporary reprieve as the House of Sport.
Although I'm no fan of post-war buildings, I think the destruction of
the old Register Office will be a little unfortunate. I like its
design - the mixtue of concrete and brick is far more pleasing than
many buildings constructed wholly of concrete. Also, I like the
way the two ends differ and create a quirky asymmetry.
Enough of this architectural twaddle! To many it will be a big
loss as it is where their married life started. Since it is a
trigger for happy memories, its removal from Broad Street will
certainly be a sad day.
has already been constructed as part of the
Holliday Wharf development in Holliday Street. It was handed
over to the City Council in December 2005 and came into use on
27 Feb 2006.
|Out with the old...
|...and in with the new