Leeds Civic Hall is a civic building housing Leeds City Council, located in Millennium Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. The design was the result of a competition held in 1926, which was won by Vincent Harris. Work began in 1931 and the hall was opened by King George V on 23 August 1933. Costing £360,000 to construct, it is notable that due to the Great Depression, most people employed in its construction would otherwise have been unemployed, therefore the building's construction was used as job creation, an example of Keynesian economics. The building houses Leeds City Council and includes offices such as the Lord Mayor's room, council chambers and a banqueting hall.Leeds Civic Hall is a Grade II* listed building. In addition to the Civic Hall, Leeds Town Hall is still used for concerts and other functions, as well as housing some council offices.
Emanuel Vincent Harris OBE, RA (26 June 1876 – 1 August 1971), often known under the pseudonym E. Vincent Harris, was an English architect who designed several important public buildings.He was born in Devonport, Devon and educated at Kingsbridge Grammar School. He was articled to the Plymouth architect James Harvey in 1893; in 1897 he moved to London, where he assisted E. Keynes Purchase, Leonard Stokes and Sir William Emerson. From 1901 to 1907 he worked for the London County Council before setting up in private practice.He was primarily classicist; A. Stuart Gray wrote: "Some of his buildings suggest the influence of Sir Edwin Lutyens, but are bolder, balder, and less subtle or more frank depending on ones point of view." His work was often criticised by modernist architects. In his acceptance speech when he was awarded the RIBA Royal Gold Medal in 1951 Harris is reported to have said: "Look, a lot of you here tonight don't like what I do and I don't like what a lot of you do ...".He became an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1942. He died in Bath in 1971 and is buried in the village of Chaffcombe, Somerset.