Donegall Square North
Donegall Square is the heart of modern Belfast, centred on a grassy square occupied by the City Hall and surrounded by buildings in a wide variety of styles and from different periods. The buildings provide a microcosm of the city’s development, ranging from early Victorian to Art Deco and Modern. They illustrate how the focus of the city shifted over time from High Street/Castle Place to this present location.
At its epicenter is the City Hall, an exuberant confection in Portland stone, with fine marble interiors, built to commemorate Belfast’s elevation to the status of City in 1888 and completed in 1906. On the corner of Donegall Place stands the “Royal Irish Linen Warehouse” of the firm Robinson & Cleaver, 1886 – 1888. A marvellous collection of sculpted heads lines the first floor pediments, showing some of the firm’s famous patrons, including Queen Victoria and the Maharajah of Cooch Behar. Beside its stands the former Richardson Sons & Owden’s Warehouse, now the property of Marks & Spencer, a building described by Oscar Wilde as “…one beautiful building…beautiful in colour and very beautiful in design.”
May Street Presbyterian Church is situated to the south of the City Hall. This magnificent Georgian church has been in continuous use since it opened in 1829. It is an elegant and well proportioned building, a handsome example of the Presbyterian taste for the solidly classical.
The view from here down Chichester Street leads one’s eye to the Waterfront Hall, 1997, one of the architectural stars of the city, a splendid, glass fronted concert hall, which at night appears to float on the River Lagan on whose bank it stands.
The commercial and trading needs of Belfast were well served by another of its landmark buildings – St. George’s Market on Oxford Street. For over 100 years, St. George’s Market has been an established feature of everyday life in Belfast. When first built, it was the supermarket of its day, a place where people from all around came to buy eggs, butter, poultry, fruit and vegetables. Today it is one of the city’s most vibrant retail, cultural and conferencing venues and
Erected by Belfast City Council.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Industry & Commerce • Man-Made Features. In addition, it is included in the Art Deco series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1888.
Location. 54° 35.828′ N, 5° 55.828′ W. Marker is in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Marker is at the intersection of Donegall Square North (Northern Ireland Route A1) and Donegall Place, on the right when traveling east on Donegall Square North. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Belfast, Northern Ireland BT1 5GS, United Kingdom. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Belfast City Hall (here, next to this marker); Welcome to the City Centre (a few steps from this marker); James Joseph Magennis (within shouting distance of this marker); First U.S.A.E.F. Landed in This City 26 Jan 1942 (within shouting distance of this marker); Donegall Place (within shouting distance of this marker); Sir Daniel Dixon Bart [Baronet] (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Russell (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Korean War Memorial (about 90 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belfast.
Also see . . .
1. History of Belfast City Hall. (Submitted on May 13, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Visit Belfast. (Submitted on May 13, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 14, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 13, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 99 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on May 14, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 13, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.