Highbury was built by Joseph Chamberlain, industrialist, reforming Birmingham Mayor and controversial national and imperial politician and was the family residence until his death in 1914.

The house and its surrounding 26-acre estate form one of Birmingham’s most important heritage assets.  The Grade II* listed Victorian mansion was designed by the prominent Birmingham architect J.H. Chamberlain (no relation) in a Venetian Gothic style with exceptional internal decoration in a naturalistic style and was completed in 1878.