CENTRAL PUBLIC LIBRARY

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II*
List Entry Number:
1270759
Date first listed:
03-Oct-1974
Statutory Address:
CENTRAL PUBLIC LIBRARY, ST PETERS SQUARE

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Location

Statutory Address:
CENTRAL PUBLIC LIBRARY, ST PETERS SQUARE

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

District:
Manchester (Metropolitan Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SJ 83865 97942

Details

MANCHESTER

SJ8397NE ST PETER'S SQUARE 698-1/31/408 (West side) 03/10/74 Central Public Library

GV II*

Public library. 1930-4, by Vincent Harris. Portland stone, slate roof with concealed glazed lantern light. Circular plan with rectangular portico on east side. Classical style. Four storeys with basement and attic (surrounding a large central reading room); with a chamfered plinth, rusticated masonry to ground and 1st floors with a Greek-key frieze, a continuous Tuscan colonnaded screen to set-back 2nd and 3rd floors, with a plain frieze, cornice and parapet concealing a low set-back attic storey. The east side (to the square) has a rectangular 2-storey projection with a central 5-bay portico of giant Corinthian columns tetrastyle in antis, with round-headed arches in the returned ends, and entablature with dentilled cornice. Otherwise, the ground floor has tall round-headed windows with keystones, the 1st floor has tall square-headed windows, and the 2nd and 3rd floors have smaller rectangular windows; all these windows with metal-framed small-paned glazing. Interior: domed circular reading room surrounded by giant Tuscan colonnade.

Listing NGR: SJ8386597942

Legacy

The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
457312
Legacy System:
LBS

Legal

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

End of official listing

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Date: 27 Aug 2001
Reference: IOE01/03776/24
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