Looking at Buildings

, printed from the Looking at Buildings website on Sunday 1st August 2021

Daimler House

Paradise Street [1], on a prestigious site almost opposite the Town Hall, of 1911 by A. Gilbey Latham. Daimler produced expensive, luxury cars, hence the location. Its facade is an essay in Edwardian BaroqueGlossary Term [2], with giant attached IonicGlossary Term [3] columns and a big broken pedimentGlossary Term [4] over the entrance: a rare style in Birmingham, and one never used by the Arts and CraftsGlossary Term [5] trained architects at the head of the profession in the city. Latham was a very different kind of man, who called himself an architect and surveyor. The interior included a ground floor showroom and basementGlossary Term [6] repair shop with a car lift between them, all destroyed by substantial alterations of 1991.

Last updated: Monday, 26th January 2009