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Birmingham School of Art – Margaret Street

Birmingham School of Art - Margaret Street

Birmingham School of Art - Margaret Street

A striking and impressive structure, the Birmingham School of Art building in Margaret Street was commissioned in 1877 to house the then-independent School in a purpose built environment designed, with typical Gothic overtones, by John Henry Chamberlain (a contemporary of, but no relation to, celebrated Mayor Joseph Chamberlain).

During the 1970s the building became co-opted by Birmingham Polytechnic’s Faculty of Art and Design and later encompassed BOurnville Art College too however, the building – following the abandonment of polytechnics and the more recent name change of the former UCE – the building is now home to the Birmingham City University School of Art and is quite rightly Grade I Listed.

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