Surrounded by some of city’s oldest and most historic buildings, stands the stunning Italianate style, Custom House. The High Italian Renaissance or “Palazzo” style construction is considered by many to be the finest neoclassical building in Belfast, it represents a strong link to the city’s industrial heritage. Located at Custom House Square, the Grade B+ listed building was designed by Sir Charles Lanyon, one of Belfast’s leading architects and built by D & J Fulton between 1854 and 1857.
Custom House Square has a long history as a public arena. In the 19th and early 20th centuries it was Belfast’s ‘Speakers’ Corner’ and large crowds regularly gathered at the foot of the Custom House steps to hear and heckle the orators of the day. This history is memorialised today by ‘The Speaker’, a life size bronze statue standing on the steps.
While the building has undergone phases of remodelling throughout its history, Custom House has several period features, such as its original staircase, extensive lobby areas and a number of decorative carvings, including figures of Neptune, Mercury and Britannia and others representing Manufacture, Peace, Commerce and Industry.
“A project that has seen a jewel within Belfast’s building heritage so beautifully and sympathetically restored while creating a new standard of desirable working environment.”
David Dale, Flanagans Contract Sales Manager
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