Town Hall was designed by Joseph Hansom Ė who later went on to design the Hansom cab. The building is modelled on the Roman Temple of Castor and Pollux.
The stone with which the Town Hall was built is popularly known as Anglesey Marble and is actually a white carboniferous limestone. It was originally quarried in north Wales, with the stone shipped 80 miles by sea and 100 miles by canal to Birmingham.
Since its opening, practically every prime minister and politician of note has spoken at Town Hall, including Joseph Chamberlain, William Gladstone, David Lloyd George, Neville Chamberlain, Clement Atlee, Neil Kinnock and Margaret Thatcher. Charles Dickens gave his first public reading of A Christmas Carol on Town Hallís stage, Mendelssohnís Elijah and Elgarís The Dream of Gerontius received their premieres in the hall. The Hall is also famous for its large pipe organ