Architectural details of Hull City Hall
The city architect, J H Hirst, designed the City Hall, mainly in the renaissance style of the Wren Period.
The building is constructed of fair faced Ashlar stone and extends to a height of three stories.
On the long North and South sides, entrances to the main hall and gallery interrupt the ground storey shops at intervals.
The main entrance facing Queen Victoria Square to the eastern side has an elegant central Tuscan porch which projects over the pavement. Above this, extending through both storeys, is a recessed ornamental panel, (known as a cartouche). Aloft of this in the area between the door lintel and the arch above (called the tympanum) bear the arms of Kingston Upon Hull. Situated above the semi-circular low pitched gable rises a glorious crowning dome made of copper, which is partly based on the arcaded design of the drum on that of St. Paul's Cathedral in London.
The dome is gracefully seated upon glazed reedings between rectangular columns. These project slightly from the wall (called Ionic pilasters) and have four projecting canopied recesses. In the foreground of each recess there is a magnificent carved image (known a pedimented tabernacles) set diagonally to he axis of the building.
Positioned in front of each of the tabernacles there is a hand carved female figures, each representing one of the arts.
The architect, J H Hirst completed his work of art by surmounting the copper-covered dome with a much smaller Tuscan cupola dome.
With the copper-covered dome shimmering like an emerald, there is little wonder why the City Hall is referred to as "The Jewel in the Crown".