The Grand Hotel, Birmingham, UK

The Grand Hotel, Birmingham

The impressive ballroom of this grandiose hotel dates from the late 1800s. The ballroom will soon be refurbished along with the rest of the hotel.

Visited January 2015 Birmingham, UK Rennovation

History of the Grand Hotel, Birmingham

The Grand Hotel in Birmingham was built between 1877 to 1895 and has had many subsequent alterations and additions. Much of the present building fronting onto Colmore Row was originally constructed by Isaac Horton, founder of the Horton’s Estate, to designs by his architect Thomson Plevins.

This rather impressive hotel has been out of use for since its closure in 2002, after getting into financial difficulties. The hotel had been neglected during the 1980s and 1990s, contributing to its decline. Deteriorating exterior stonework meant a lot of work needed to be done, and the owners had plans to demolish the building until a listing order was made, saving it from demolition. Solutions have been found for the sub-standard building materials used during construction and renovation is now under-way.

The stunning Grosvenor room is a ballroom that was added as part of a huge expansion in the late 1880s is awaiting full restoration. Attempts have been made to stop further decay but parts of the ornate plasterwork have fallen away from the ceiling; the room is showing its age when inspected close-up. The decorative works feature murals between huge Corinthian pilasters and the enormous Art-Deco style light fittings date from the 1920s. The rest of the hotel has been stripped out ready for the renovation work to commence.

The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - The stunning Grosvenor Ballroom
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – The stunning Grosvenor Ballroom
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Twin doors in the Grosvenor ballroom
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Twin doors in the Grosvenor ballroom
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Ballroom Balconies
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Ballroom Balconies
 
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - View from balcony
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – View from balcony
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Archway
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Archway
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - View down the huge ballroom
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – View down the huge ballroom
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Arches in the ballroom
The Grand Hotel – Arches in the ballroom
 
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Lights on
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Lights on
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Lights in the Grosvenor room
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Lights in the Grosvenor room
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Ornate plaster ceiling
The Grand Hotel – Ornate plaster ceiling
 
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Balcony ceiling
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Balcony ceiling
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - View through one of the ornate plaster arches
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – View through one of the ornate plaster arches
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Through arch
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Through arch
 
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Ornate plaster detail
The Grand Hotel – Ornate plaster detail
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Lots of arches
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Lots of arches
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Art Deco lights
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Art Deco lights
 
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - 1920s light detail
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – 1920s light detail
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Through the doors into the piano room
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Through the doors into the piano room
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - The piano room
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – The piano room
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Piano
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Piano
 
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Lights on
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Lights on
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Even the staircase is grand
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Even the staircase is grand
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Marble columns
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Marble columns
 
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - View on the stairs
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – View on the stairs
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - One of the hotel rooms
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – One of the hotel rooms
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Hotel room
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Hotel room
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Sandringham Suite
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Sandringham Suite
 
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Tiled mosaic floor
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Tiled mosaic floor
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Commercial room
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Commercial room
 
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham - Jubilee room
The Grand Hotel, Birmingham – Jubilee room
Further Reading

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