In 1831 their designs for Birmingham Town Hall were accepted; however, the contract led to their bankruptcy, as they had stood surety for the builders. The disaster led to the dissolution of the partnership and may have contributed to Hansom becoming a radical socialist.
Strawberry Hill Illustrated London News 1842.
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Hansom Hall Histroy
One of the best-known architects to leave his mark on Leicester is being honoured by having part of a city centre hall named in his memory. The large hall is being renamed the Hansom Hall, in celebration of Joseph Aloysius Hansom - the original architect of the building, who went on to make his name as the designer of numerous buildings across the UK, as well as inventing the horse-drawn Hansom Cab.
The hall, which forms part of the building in Wellington Street, will host a small renaming ceremony, the event will also include the unveiling of a newly-commissioned portrait of Hansom. Visitors will know the hall as the curved building on Belvoir Street, this view of the hall led to it being nicknamed the “Pork Pie Chapel”.
Hansom worked on the building’s design in the 1830s, and is celebrated by a blue plaque there.
He was one of the most famous architects ever to work in Leicester, and over 200 buildings he designed still stand across Britain, including Leicester’s New Walk Museum and Birmingham Town Hall.
The renaming ceremony marks the 138th anniversary of his death.
I saw the light, 2005, B/W photographic print by Lindsay Seers