SJ8397 : Central Library, St Peter's Square, Manchester

taken 7 years ago, near to Manchester, Great Britain

Central Library, St Peter's Square, Manchester
Central Library, St Peter's Square, Manchester
One of Manchester's most iconic buildings. Built 1930-34. The architects' competition was won by E. Vincent Harris whose portfolio featured many bland civic buildings, but here excelled himself. Steel frame clad in Portland stone with a Tuscan colonnade (of Sienna scagliola) running round the whole building and an imposing Corinthian portico. At the top a glass domed lights the circular reading room inside. Grade II* listed.
On the right is a sliver of Harris's town hall extension, and poking above is the top of the tower of Waterhouse's original building.
The library is closed for extensive refurbishment, not due to re-open until 2013. As well as maintenance, it is being re-organised inside - the council's website includes the ominous line "more room for new services and attractions". Books are clearly not enough of an attraction.
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Date Taken
Thursday, 23 June, 2011   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 11 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Public buildings and spaces 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8387 9794 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:28.6761N 2:14.6702W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SJ 8391 9786
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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