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Curzon Street Station

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by Simone Ribeiro (subscribe)
Simone Ribeiro
Published June 27th 2014
the oldest railway passenger terminus building


Every time I take my train from Birmingham back home, I have to appreciate a bit more of Curzon Street Station building itself.

Its Roman inspiring architecture is one of my favourite Grade I listed buildings in town. It's magnificent. But I confess it took me a while to realise it used to be a train station.



Actually, a very important one! It operated as a passenger train station for 16 years. Open in 1838, Curzon Station was a terminus for trains coming from London to Birmingham until the year of 1854. The oldest railway passenger terminus was closed for business in 1966.



A plenty of history Grade I listed building and a true gem of Birmingham that since 2010 has been designed to be the terminus for the High Speed 2 project in Birmingham.



While the building is not modernised, you can have a look inside this brilliant piece of architecture designed by the English architect Philip Hardwick.

Some details of its columns and windows


During the Birmingham's Hidden Spaces exhibition, I had a good look around this amazing building. It wasn't a full tour but I could explore a bit more of this historical place.

Unfortunately, I couldn't go upstairs (or visit the basement) in the three-store structure but it's possible to have an idea of its grandiose. It's also possible to imagine how important this terminus was to the development of Birmingham, connecting important cities like Liverpool and obvious, the capital London.

Basement, iconic red doors ans some other Curzon legacies


The iconic columns that compose its façade are totally preserved and the gigantesque red doors are one of the most beautiful details we can appreciate in this place.

It's wonderful to know a gem of Birmingham is still preserved and I'm sure there is much more of Curzon Street station to be found out in the next chapters of its history.
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A truly fabulous part of Birmingham's forgotten history
Sadly , the exhibition was poor and badly designed
by lawre (score: 0|3) 1119 days ago
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