Coins and Symbols of Industry
Type Other , Medallion , Building
The main entrance portico of the bank features Tuscan columns and circular reliefs based on coins which are employed as metopes on the architrave. The symbols depicted include zodiac and mythological emblems. Two further roundels between the pairs of windows arranged vertically on either side of the entrance door display representations of a watch escapement and a sparking plug, as symbols of Coventry's industries. Further similar roundels are found between the windows of the Hertford Street façade and feature a hypoid gear, a crankshaft and pistons, a screw jack, a vice and tap.
The entrance doors to the bank contain a number of panels, each with a studded border containing a relief based on one of the metopes. The doors are four panels wide by five panels high with four additional panels inside the recess, they are jointed to concertina back when open. The
The architects, Palmer and Holden, designed both the exterior and interior of the building and all the furnishings. G & A Brown carried out the commission for the carved stonework to the architect's designs. The entrance doors to the bank were designed by Holden, and made by Mr Pearson of the Birmingham Guild who chased the reliefs on the door panels.(1)
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