ELMES, Harvey Lonsdale
(b. 1814, Chichester, d. 1847, Jamaica)

Exterior view

St. George's Hall, Liverpool

The greatest effect of the Greek Revival movement was felt in the new public buildings of the fast-growing cities. In this case, monumental temple forms were intended to express dignity and authority in governmental buildings, or learning and intellectual grandeur in cultural institutions.

Authoritative porticoes, pedimented façades, and rows of columns remained the chief characteristic of government buildings right down to the gigantic St. George's Hall in the prosperous industrial city of Liverpool, designed 1839-41 by Harvey Londsdale Elmes and completed only in 1856 by Charles Robert Cockerell.