MUNICIPAL BUILDINGS CONCERT HALL

Overview

Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: II

List Entry Number: 1113401

Date first listed: 24-Jul-1974

Statutory Address: MUNICIPAL BUILDINGS CONCERT HALL, BLAGRAVE STREET

Map

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Location

Statutory Address: MUNICIPAL BUILDINGS CONCERT HALL, BLAGRAVE STREET

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

District: Reading (Unitary Authority)

National Grid Reference: SU 71678 73609

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History

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Details

BIAGRAVE STREET 1. 5128 Municipal Buildings Concert Hall SU 7173 NE 1/351 24.7.74. II GV 2. 1879-1882. Designed by Thomas Lainson. Gothic style continuing that of the Waterhouse block (qv) in a bolder way. 3 1/2 storeys to front. Dark blue brick with deep red brick and terracotta dressings. Tiled roofs. Sandstone footing. Terracotta band over 1st floor, perhaps, like Museum block, intended to be curved. Front articulated by triangular section buttresses between 2 and 4 bays, with finials and pierced parapet; and by an asymmetric gabled entrance break with polygonal angle buttresses, pinnacles and poppy head saddlestone, and with large pointed entrance of 4 orders to gable with oriel over. 2 and 4 hipped dormers. 2 light transomed windows, pointed with oculi on 2nd floor, segmental with shouldered and joggled lintels on 1st floor, segmental on ground floor. Interior: the most notable feature of the interior is the famous Father Willis organ with its fine Baroque case, designed by Lainson when it was brought here from the Small Town Hall. The concert hall is reached up-stairs from Blagrave Street. Lush Italianate decoration of composite pilasters and deep glazed cove to compartmented ceiling. Horshoe-shaped gallery reached by 2 staircases.

Listing NGR: SU7167873609

Legacy

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Legacy System number: 38764

Legacy System: LBS

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