The English Buildings blog appreciates Birmingham’s Waterstones bookshop

“in the centre of Birmingham, which occupies the former Midland Bank, a building of the late-1860s designed by Edward Holmes. The style is a grand, confident Classicism.”

It seems Edward Holmes was a home-grown talent. If you’re interested in such things, you probably want to pop along to the Victorian Provincial Architects conference (University of Liverpool, 28th Nov 08).