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Laing Art Gallery

A Grade II Listed Building in Westgate, Newcastle upon Tyne

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Latitude: 54.975 / 54°58'29"N

Longitude: -1.6092 / 1°36'32"W

OS Eastings: 425115

OS Northings: 564552

OS Grid: NZ251645

Mapcode National: GBR SPX.4X

Mapcode Global: WHC3R.76ZZ

Plus Code: 9C6WX9FR+X8

Entry Name: Laing Art Gallery

Listing Date: 17 December 1971

Last Amended: 30 March 1987

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1145885

English Heritage Legacy ID: 304627

Location: Monument, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1

County: Newcastle upon Tyne

Electoral Ward/Division: Westgate

Built-Up Area: Newcastle upon Tyne

Traditional County: Northumberland

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Tyne and Wear

Church of England Parish: Newcastle Christ Church

Church of England Diocese: Newcastle

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(west side)
17/12/71 Laing Art Gallery
(formerly listed in
New Bridge Street)
Art Gallery. 1903-4 by Cackett and Burns Dick. Sandstone ashlar; roof not
visible; stone dome to tower cupola. Free Baroque style with Art Nouveau elements.
Central block of 2 high storeys, 5 bays, the outer bays pavilions with projecting
centres. Left 3-stage tower; right wing of 3 low storeys, 2 bays. Main block has
2 central recessed double doors; steps up to wrought iron gates in keyed arch with
elaborate case in free Roman Doric Order; spiral columns to pedimented niche above
in open scrolled pediment on paired rusticated columns; cherubs flanking pediment
carry scrolls ARS LONGA and VITA BREVIS. Arms of Newcastle in blank wall above.
Rusticated ground floor has round-headed windows. Giant Ionic Order in pavilions
with first-floor tripartite windows, blind at left; and bracketed niches with
cartouches. Entablature with pulvinated frieze and modillioned cornice in main
block add plainer in right wing. Left tower with rusticated ground floor is blank
to level of main cornice; above is a 3-light window in raised stone surround, and
an art-nouveau frieze with high-relief female figures, the central winged; corner
pilasters. Octagonal lantern has drum with free-standing columns and 4 pedimented
round-headed openings; dome with ball finial. Interior shows full-width entrance
hall, left hall to staircase, and upper hall, with red, white and Frosterley
marble floors; Tuscan Order to entrance, ironic to left hall, Composite to upper
hall, fat stone balusters and wide rail to stair and circular upper hall balustrade.
Panelled soffits. Historical note: the gift of Alexander Laing to the City of

Listing NGR: NZ2511564551

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