OLD SHIRE HALL (UNIVERSITY OFFICE)

Overview

Heritage Category:
Listed Building
Grade:
II
List Entry Number:
1310562
Date first listed:
10-Mar-1988
Statutory Address:
OLD SHIRE HALL (UNIVERSITY OFFICE), OLD ELVET

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Location

Statutory Address:
OLD SHIRE HALL (UNIVERSITY OFFICE), OLD ELVET

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

District:
County Durham (Unitary Authority)
Parish:
Non Civil Parish
National Grid Reference:
NZ2774442322

Details

DURHAM AND FRAMWELLGATE

NZ 2742 SE 15/300

OLD ELVET (South side) Old Shire Hall (University Office)

II

County Council headquarters, now offices. 1896-8 by H. Barnes and F.E. Coates with extensions of 1905. Built by Rankin of Sunderland. Bright red engineering brick with copious terracotta dressings; sandstone ashlar dressings on extension. Graduated Lakeland slate roofs with terracotta crestings, copper dome. Baroque style. Original building 2 storeys and basement, 9 bays with a subsidiary bay set back at right. Centre and end bays project, the former under square tower with drum and dome, the latter under high Flemish gables. Steps to central entrance with wrought-iron screen in keyed and rusticated architrave. Round- arched windows, paired on first floor, in similar openings. Balustrades below first-floor windows. Floor entablatures, the upper with modillion cornice and blocking course. Irregularly-placed corniced chimneys. Terra-cotta area balustrades sweep up to form handrails for steps. Extension of 3 wide bays, banded in stone and brick, the left bay projecting. Outer bays have attic gables. Extruded porch with stone dome above high shaped parapet. Groups of 3 windows, the lower in keyed and rusticated architraves, the upper segment-headed with architraves and rusticated column jambs. Stone modillioned continuous eaves cornice. Dentil-corniced chimneys.

Interior: rich decoration of terra-cotta and glazed tiles to halls, staircases, principal rooms and ante-rooms. Good quality woodwork by Robson, wrought-iron by Singer of Frome, throughout, and interesting stained glass: pictorial, didactic and decorative.

Listing NGR: NZ2774442322

Legacy

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

Legacy System number:
110352
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: 25 Feb 2001
Reference: IOE01/03607/27
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