Plans for the City Hall began in 1888 when Belfast was awarded city status by Queen Victoria. This was in recognition of Belfast’s rapid expansion and thriving linen, rope-making, shipbuilding and engineering industries. During this period Belfast briefly overtook Dublin as the most populous city on the island of Ireland.3
Construction began in 1898 under the supervision of architect Sir Alfred Brumwell Thomas and was completed in 1906 at a cost of £369,000. Belfast Corporation (now the council) used their profits from the gas industry to pay for the construction of Belfast City Hall. Local firms H&J Martin and WH Stephens were among the companies involved in construction. James G. Gamble, architect, was the clerk of works.
Quite a lot of work went into this image. First it was taken as 3 images in portrait orientation, then stitched together in Adobe Photoshop. Then it was enhanced in Photomatix to bring out some detail, then tweeked back in photoshop using Topaz filters. Then a sky was inserted to replace the plain white sky there was on the day, THEN some textures were added. I think I drank some coffee at that stage and figured enough was enough!
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