Architecture of Belfast

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The architecture of Belfast comprises many styles of architecture ranging from Georgian through to state-of-the-art modern buildings like the Waterfront Hall and Titanic Belfast. The city's beautiful Victorian and Edwardian buildings are notable for their display of a large number of sculptures. Many of Belfast's Victorian landmarks, including the main Lanyon Building at Queens University in 1849, were designed by Sir Charles Lanyon.

Chronology and Styles[edit]

Belfast became a substantial settlement in the 17th century after being established as a town by Sir Arthur Chichester,.[1] None of the buildings from Belfast’s first century as a market town on the river Farset survive today. The only significant structures in those early years from 1613 would have been a castle established by Sir Arthur Chichester, and the parish church at the foot of High Street, where a ‘chapel of the ford’ had been erected by 1306, and where St George’s church now stands.



20th century[edit]


Pre-World War II and Art Deco[edit]

Late 20th century[edit]

21st century[edit]

In 2011 and 2012 Belfast saw the creation of two buildings described as "two of the most stunning new British buildings of the century",[2] namely the Lyric Theatre (2011) by Irish architects O’Donnell and Tuomey and the Belfast MAC (2012) by local architectural practice Hackett Hall McKnight. In contrast, the new boat-shaped Titanic Museum (2012) was described by The Telegraph as "startlingly inane".[2]

Gallery of Views in the City[edit]

Architects represented in Belfast[edit]

Non-extant buildings and structures[edit]

Buildings never completed[edit]

Derelict Belfast[edit]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ "History of Belfast Castle". Tourism and venues. Belfast City Council. 2014. Retrieved 19 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Belfast: rising from the ruin of the Troubles". The Telegraph. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 27 October 2014. 


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