Belfast City Hall is one of the most iconic buildings in Northern Ireland. When Queen Victoria granted city status to Belfast in 1888, plans for building City Hall got underway. It cost £369,000 to build the Baroque Revival styled building, which was designed by Alfred Brumwell Thomas. In August 1906 the civics building opened its doors for the first time.
It is believed that City Hall can provide an incredible insight into how the Titanic’s lounges and suites may have looked like. Viscount William Pirrie, was the managing director of Harland and Wolff Shipyards, and also happened to be Lord Mayor of Belfast in 1896 to 1897. Pirrie has been credited with coming up with the idea of building both City Hall and the Titanic. He is meant to have brought in many of his skilled workers to help in the fit-out of City Hall, with the carving panelling being very similar to that in the Titanic.
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