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The Philharmonic Hall (Squares)

A Grade II Listed Building in Castle (Castell), Cardiff

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Latitude: 51.4774 / 51°28'38"N

Longitude: -3.1776 / 3°10'39"W

OS Eastings: 318314

OS Northings: 176041

OS Grid: ST183760

Mapcode National: GBR KJN.GB

Mapcode Global: VH6FD.V4Z7

Plus Code: 9C3RFRGC+XX

Entry Name: The Philharmonic Hall (Squares)

Listing Date: 11 November 1980

Last Amended: 30 April 1999

Grade: II

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 14099

Building Class: Commercial

Location: To L of Prince of Wales

County: Cardiff

Community: Castle (Castell)

Community: Castle

Built-Up Area: Cardiff

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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Dated 1876. Architect (or builder) Jackson and Sons. Interior music hall refitted 1887 by James & Morgan. Converted to pub restaurant 1997, retaining much of character of music hall.


Three storey Caen stone and yellow brick front. Classicising facade of 2-3-2 bays divided by pilasters and with entablature to each storey. Pediment over central 3 bays. First floor has round headed windows with keystones, sash glazing, between pilasters with Corinthian capitals. Upper floor segmental headed windows with keystones, the central ones narrow and in pairs.
Ground floor all modernised as recently as 1997, but retains pair of Ionic columns flanking entrance.


Pub restaurant converted from Victorian music hall, the walls retain Corinthian pilasters supporting entablature and deep cove with lunette windows. Ceiling divided into panels. Rebuilt galleries on sides with iron posts beneath. Very shallow stage flanked by paired columns, originally with large projecting apron. Modern bar etc to former stalls. Lobbies etc in Victorian style.

Reasons for Listing

Well-preserved mid Victorian front, and music hall auditorium a rare survival. Group value.

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