Albert Square is a public square in the centre of the City of Manchester. It is dominated by its largest building, the Grade 1 Listed Manchester Town Hall, a Victorian Gothic building by Alfred Waterhouse. The square contains a number of monuments and statues, the largest of which is the Albert Memorial, a monument to Prince Albert, Prince consort of Queen Victoria. The square, named after the Prince, was laid out to provide a space for the memorial in 1863–67. Work on the town hall began in 1868 and was completed in 1877.