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Leeds (Metropolitan Authority)
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SE 29834 34081



SE2934SE CALVERLEY STREET 714-1/74/77 (East side) 05/08/76 Civic Hall


Civic hall. Completed 1933. By E Vincent Harris. Portland stone, slate roofs. V-plan on an almost triangular site, the southern corner truncated with the main facade facing the downhill square. This facade is of 2 storeys with attic storey set back; 7 large sashes with glazing bars, ground floor Gibbs architraves with alternate triangular and segmental pediments, balustered parapet, large portico with giant Corinthian columns and pediment containing coat of arms. Flanking small pedimented pavilions with arches, and set back high above at both ends a tall Renaissance (Wrenish) tower with Corinthian columns at corners of 1st stage with round-headed openings, pedimented bell stage above and obelisk spires with gilded owls as finials. Left and right returns: 5 storeys, 15 bays, 1st floor rusticated with round-headed windows; at 3rd-floor level under tower is a gilded clock on large bracket. INTERIOR: the entrance hall, reception areas, assembly hall, council chamber and committee rooms all contain impressive original decoration and detailing which includes: a long reception hall with painted columns, cruciform plan at N end, with tunnel vault which is repeated in the side corridors; fine divided staircase at N end; rear entrance to reception room with end fireplaces, mirrored overmantel and chandelier from Town Hall; Council Chamber with oval seating plan, tall small-paned windows above plaques with names of past Council members of note, plain ceiling, cornice with roundels and shields, end galleries reached by stone stairs, panelled doors. Main stairs rise to a fine reception area and meeting room with pilasters and Classical detailing. Pevsner describes the building as: 'as ambitious as the Town Hall but not quite as self-confident... has originality and some courage'. The architect also designed Sheffield City Hall, completed 1934. (The Buildings of England: Pevsner, N & Radcliffe E: Yorkshire, The West Riding: London: 1967-: 65, 315, 453).

Listing NGR: SE2983434081


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Pevsner, N, Radcliffe, E, The Buildings of England: Yorkshire: The West Riding, (1967), 65,315,453


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 07 May 2001
Reference: IOE01/03880/27
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