Friday, December 17, 2010

On the Road . . . Liverpool

In 1902 church and civic leaders in Liverpool held an open competition to select a design for a new cathedral. Over 100 entries were submitted - with the winning proposal submitted by the 22-year-old student Giles Gilbert Scott, despite the fact that he had no previous buildings to his credit. The foundation stone for the largest cathedral in Britain was laid by King Edward VII in 1904; on the completion of the altar, the church was consecrated in 1924. However, due to WWII and inflation, the building was not completed until 1978.

The Gothic Revival cathedral is a "living church" - a visitor attraction and a cultural venue hosting concerts, exhibits, and theatrical performances. We also saw first-hand that it's a beautiful venue for weddings. In addition, there's a mezzanine cafe bar with free wireless internet access.

In addition to a sculpture exhibition, Anthony Brown's "In Their Lives" was featured. It was a mixed media on canvas exhibit, celebrating "the greatest Cultural Icons of the modern age."

This red telephone box seemed out of place in Liverpool Cathedral until our tour guide told us that Giles Gilbert Scott had also designed the functional cast-iron telephone kiosk in a 1924 competition sponsored by the Post Office. With some modification over the years, by the end of the 1930s, there were 20,000 in use throughout the U.K.

The Cavern Club opened January 16, 1957 and is where Brian Epstein first saw The Beatles.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

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