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Report - Warwickshire Masonic Temple, Edgbaston, Birmingham - March 2018

slayaaaa

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#1
Warwickshire Masonic Temple / Clarendon Suites

Nothing too special but it has some cool little features, sky lights, 70's/80's decor about, and a good example of Brutalist architecture by John Madin, a fairly well known Birmingham architect.


History

The biggest merit here is it's architect, John Madin, an active architect from 1950 who had stepped in after the war helping out with the New Towns. He'd designed many buildings throughout Birmingham including the central library, Quayside Tower, and Pebble Mill.


Brochure of the drawings around 1970

In 1971, he designed and helped build the Warwickshire Masonic Temple on Hagely Road. A building for meeting rooms, conferences, and banqueting with a bar, large dining halls, and 3 'penthouse Suites'. The building was built with an entrance from the West in the car park and includes a fairly symmetrical design, it has kitchens at the top, then dining halls with removable partition walls, an entrance hall with 2 floors that lead into various meeting rooms with dining facilities. The building also has a larger sweet at the central front named the Warwick Suite and 3 penthouse suites at a 3rd level with access to the roof.


Taken in 1972 in the dining area

The building functioned as Clarendon Suites by the Warwickshire Masonic Brethren until 2014 when it was closed after plans to relocate it's uses to another site and has since been in a state of limbo due to planning. It will likely be demolished soon and it's close location on Hagely Road near the centre of Birmingham makes it ideal for official and residential uses.


Drawings of the site 1971

Pictures

It's nothing too exciting but still worth a little mention, if for nothing else an archive for after it's gone. It has some interesting 70s style decor inside, it did used to have some interesting wallpaper but has since been painted over. A couple bits are quite interesting, especially the inner hall which has some nice sky lights, stairs, and interesting cushioned doors. These features will probably be the focus of this report, I quite like this style, it doesn't compare to older decor but it's beginning to age nicely and I found it a nice surprise. Went with DRZ after having driven passed it enough times.


External from the North East


John Madin & T. Elvins and Sons


Dining halls at the rear


Lighting in centre dining hall


Entrance bar




Kitchens


First look into the inner hall




Sky lights






One of the smaller suites








Signs, fire hose, and another dining section


Warwick suite


Bars in dining halls


Penthouse


But yeah, don't get too excited! Thanks for looking.​
 

Regcar

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#2
Interesting report. Re Sign - Never realised that Ladies were allowed in Masonic Temples. When I was a kid 60 years ago that was the rule then.
 

dweeb

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#3
Panty products??

Nice, poor old Madin, there will be nothing left of his buildings soon. Love 'em or hate 'em they are a piece of the city's timeline.
 

xante8088

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#4
Interesting report. Re Sign - Never realised that Ladies were allowed in Masonic Temples. When I was a kid 60 years ago that was the rule then.
Do they have the Order of the Amaranth or the Order of the Eastern Star? Both of those allow females, and over here, they tend to share the same building as the Masonic lodge.
 

Regcar

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#6
Thanks - I am not a member, just remember going with a friend to a Masonic Xmas Party. Very impressed with my gift of a Dinky Toy. Would be worth a lot now if I had kept it in it's box, and pristine condition!
Remember the Hall in Worcester seemed awesome to an eight year old. Ice cream and Jelly was a luxury in those days.
 

Flozzy

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#7
Warwickshire Masonic Temple / Clarendon Suites

Nothing too special but it has some cool little features, sky lights, 70's/80's decor about, and a good example of Brutalist architecture by John Madin, a fairly well known Birmingham architect.


History

The biggest merit here is it's architect, John Madin, an active architect from 1950 who had stepped in after the war helping out with the New Towns. He'd designed many buildings throughout Birmingham including the central library, Quayside Tower, and Pebble Mill.


Brochure of the drawings around 1970

In 1971, he designed and helped build the Warwickshire Masonic Temple on Hagely Road. A building for meeting rooms, conferences, and banqueting with a bar, large dining halls, and 3 'penthouse Suites'. The building was built with an entrance from the West in the car park and includes a fairly symmetrical design, it has kitchens at the top, then dining halls with removable partition walls, an entrance hall with 2 floors that lead into various meeting rooms with dining facilities. The building also has a larger sweet at the central front named the Warwick Suite and 3 penthouse suites at a 3rd level with access to the roof.


Taken in 1972 in the dining area

The building functioned as Clarendon Suites by the Warwickshire Masonic Brethren until 2014 when it was closed after plans to relocate it's uses to another site and has since been in a state of limbo due to planning. It will likely be demolished soon and it's close location on Hagely Road near the centre of Birmingham makes it ideal for official and residential uses.


Drawings of the site 1971

Pictures

It's nothing too exciting but still worth a little mention, if for nothing else an archive for after it's gone. It has some interesting 70s style decor inside, it did used to have some interesting wallpaper but has since been painted over. A couple bits are quite interesting, especially the inner hall which has some nice sky lights, stairs, and interesting cushioned doors. These features will probably be the focus of this report, I quite like this style, it doesn't compare to older decor but it's beginning to age nicely and I found it a nice surprise. Went with DRZ after having driven passed it enough times.


External from the North East


John Madin & T. Elvins and Sons



Dining halls at the rear



Lighting in centre dining hall



Entrance bar





Kitchens



First look into the inner hall





Sky lights







One of the smaller suites









Signs, fire hose, and another dining section



Warwick suite



Bars in dining halls



Penthouse


But yeah, don't get too excited! Thanks for looking.​
Is it getting closed soon?
 

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