Landmark pub The Waterloo which fell derelict after decades serving the business community has been listed as one of the ten most endangered buildings in England and Wales.
The landmark former hotel in Smethwick, for many years famed for its steaks and Friday afternoon drinking sessions, was included on the Victorian Societys latest list of the most endangered premises.
The importance of The Waterloo was recognised by English Heritage in 1999 when it upgraded the pub to Grade II listed. It is also one of just two buildings in this years top ten to have featured before.
Built in 1907 as a showcase for brewers Mitchells & Butlers, The Waterloo boasts a baroque facade and restaurant interior with original Edwardian grill, while highly decorated tiles cover its walls and ceiling.
But the disused pub faces an uncertain future after being earmarked as a lot at an auction being held at Villa Park on October 31.
For decades members of the Birmingham business community flocked to the Waterloo's renowned Grill Room, but the pub fell on hard times and was forced to shut several years ago.
Chris Costelloe, director of the Victorian Society, said: "The Waterloo needs protection from weather, thieves and vandals. Such a memorable relic of Edwardian England deserves this at the very least. Looking into the future, it also needs a plan that retains its use as one of the most stunning pubs in the West Midlands."
Other buildings on the at risk list include Ipswichs blighted and vandalised former County Hall, a rare and very early Victorian station in Derbyshire and an ornate Victorian dock pumphouse on Merseyside.
Mr Costelloe added: "The public responded enthusiastically to our call for threatened buildings."