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Grand Hotel Colmore Row

maggie7858

Brummie babby
Prior to the late 20's it was the lovely old Hip bath for full ablutions and the pitcher and ewer for the daily necessities! The later provided discreetly each day by an unseen maid and the former brought up via the 'dumb waiters' or service lifts then the client alerted when all was ready
 

allanbrum

Life long Brummie
Grand Hotel Distance View 20140926.jpg

This view over the roof of St Phillips cathedral is the first glimpse of the top three floors after completion of refurbishment and part of the protective curtain removed, leaving a see through screen. The photograph is likely to be published by Hortons Estates Ltd., soon and has been provided first to the Forum, because of the keen interest from some of its members. Allanbrum
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
That's great Allan and thank you very much. When it emerges from its covers it's going to look stunning. Well worth the wait! Already you gain a real sense of its stature as a Grand Hotel. On behalf of members thank you for an early glimpse of the revitalised building. Viv.


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ellbrown

ell brown on Flickr
The Grand Hotel, now with a crane. As seen from Colmore Square, on a cold, but brilliant blue sky Saturday!

 
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BernardR

Guest
I won't hold my breath about that Jenny we Brummies can find fault with almost anything.
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
it really lifts my spirits to see a building being restored not demolished...thanks for the photos ell

lyn
 

ellbrown

ell brown on Flickr
No problem Astoness / Lyn!


Taken 10 years from it being listed for anything to happen!

Note that all of the shops on Colmore Row have closed down at the Grand Hotel. Assume they are going to be working on those shop spaces.
 

Vivienne14

Super Moderator
Staff member
They"re making good progress. If only more buildings were given this sort of attention. I know it's taken years to get this building slowly restored and there's still a lot more to do, but why is this much more promising than other projects? Viv.
 

norfolk brummie

gone but not forgotten
In my early playing days I worked in bands at the old Grand Hotel, and sometime during the sixties/seventies (cannot remember when), I undertook a national lecture drum clinic/percussion tour, which including an evening at the Grand Hotel for a room full of 'Brummie' drummers. A most enjoyable time for me. Eddie
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
They"re making good progress. If only more buildings were given this sort of attention. I know it's taken years to get this building slowly restored and there's still a lot more to do, but why is this much more promising than other projects? Viv.
viv i would suspect because its in the city centre...

lyn
 

ellbrown

ell brown on Flickr
Having seen the Hidden Spaces photos of the Scala cinema, I'm hoping something happens to that (either restore it and give it a use, or knock Scala House down and redevelop it).

How could it just be abandoned like a time capsule since 1988?
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
Having seen the Hidden Spaces photos of the Scala cinema, I'm hoping something happens to that (either restore it and give it a use, or knock Scala House down and redevelop it).

How could it just be abandoned like a time capsule since 1988?

hi ell....i thought the scala cinema was demolished many years ago...im on about the one that was in smallbrook st...

lyn
 
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Wendy

Guest
I think Horton Estates are to be congratulated on taking on such a project. What can be seen so far looks amazing. I am sure the founder Isaac Horton would approve from his resting place in Key Hill Cemetery!
 

Phil

Gone, but not forgotten.
I think Horton Estates are to be congratulated on taking on such a project. What can be seen so far looks amazing. I am sure the founder Isaac Horton would approve from his resting place in Key Hill Cemetery!
Lets not forget that Horton Estates wanted to demolish the building and replace it with a new build, and that is why it stood unused for many years, and it was only when it started to become a danger to the public that the decision was taken to renovate the building.
 

Astoness

TRUE BRUMMIE MODERATOR
Staff member
thats a good point phil...we are so lucky that we still have the building it would have been tragic to lose it....i would not mind a look inside when its finished...

lyn
 
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