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The Mansion House (Welsh: Y Plasty), located on Richmond Road, is the official residence of the Lord Mayor of Cardiff. It was designed in 1896 by the architects Habershon & Fawckner for James Howell, the owner of Howells department store. It was originally called 'The Grove'.
James Howell was a Cardiff businessman who opened his first shop in 1865. In 1890 he made arrangements to build a property on land leased from Lord Tredegar. The plans were for a large family home, to house his 11 children. An unusual aspect of the house is that it was designed to be able to be divided into two: it has two front doors and a wall in the cellar was designed allow extension upwards. The house was bought by the Cardiff Corporation in 1913. It is a Grade II Listed Building.
The Mansion House was used as the home of the Lord Mayors of Cardiff until 1971. It has two apartments on the first floor and was also used by judges sitting in the city. The building had a major overhaul in 1998, and was then used by Cardiff Council for events, functions, civil ceremonies and weddings. It was also the base for the council's protocol team.
Mansion House Reviews
We just came here to visit this truly majestic building and take some pics. It's the size of a hotel, absolutely huge building. more »
Bought a voucher for my mother as a Christmas gift but haven't been able to go as the dates are so ridiculously limited. I work full time and there are no weekends available. This was not made clear..... more »
Beautiful well preserved building built for James Howell, now the Mansion House and pleasingly decorated. Wonderful venue for special events with an intimate feel.
A lovely afternoon there for tea in aid of a charity. Excellent
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