HOVE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1298670
Date first listed:
02-Nov-1992
Statutory Address:
HOVE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 182, CHURCH ROAD

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Location

Statutory Address:
HOVE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 182, CHURCH ROAD

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

District:
The City of Brighton and Hove (Unitary Authority)
National Grid Reference:
TQ 28478 04787

Details

HOVE

TQ2804NW CHURCH ROAD 579-1/16/35 (South side) No.182 Hove Public Library

GV II

Public Library. 1907, cupola removed 1967. Architects Percy Robinson and W.Alban Jones of Leeds. Wrenaissance style. Ashlar Doultine stone, roof covering concealed behind balustraded parapet. Plan: flat facade to octagonal hall opening south onto radiating bays, west through 3-bay arcade to reading room and east through similar arcade to staircase giving access to rotunda. Two storeys, 3-bay main block with lower one bay wing left (east). The facade is embellished with some fine carving in low relief. Central open pediment with round-arched opening carried on Ionic columns, carving in pediment, recessed, tall round-headed window with fixed lights fronted by wrought-iron balcony; 3 circular windows on either side divided by carved fascias, linked above and below by ribbons and garlands, ground floor 3 square-headed windows flanking entrance under egg-and-dart moulded entablature with cherubs' heads as capitals. Carved panel over entrance inscribed Public Library, flanked by reading cherubs, Ionic columns, recessed entrance with half-glazed double doors. To the left the service entrance: 2 small windows first floor, semicircular panel over entrance carved with cherubs, double doors. Interior: full of spatial interest, also plasterwork detailing and moulded compartment ceilings with ornamented shallow dome to rotunda. The original painted texts advocating economy and the acquisition of knowledge have been removed. There was also an open air reading garden on the roof of the library when it first opened. The erection of this library was made possible by a donation from Andrew Carnegie in 1903. Of the many public libraries erected in the years prior to the First World War, this has one of the most attractive facades. (Middleton J: A History of Hove: 1979-).

Listing NGR: TQ2847804787

Legacy

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

Legacy System number:
365513
Legacy System:
LBS

Sources

Books and journals
Middleton, J, A History of Hove, (1979)

Legal

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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