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Old Library Building

A Grade II Listed Building in Hackney, London

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Latitude: 51.5503 / 51°33'0"N

Longitude: -0.0427 / 0°2'33"W

OS Eastings: 535804

OS Northings: 185301

OS Grid: TQ358853

Mapcode National: GBR J7.5WH

Mapcode Global: VHGQV.69RD

Plus Code: 9C3XHX24+4W

Entry Name: Old Library Building

Listing Date: 24 July 1981

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1235655

English Heritage Legacy ID: 426317

Location: King's Park, Hackney, London, E9

County: London

District: Hackney

Electoral Ward/Division: King's Park

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Hackney

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Barnabas Homerton

Church of England Diocese: London

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Old Library Building
TQ 3585 20/700

1912-13 by Edwin Cooper, a gift of Andrew Carnegie. Portland Stone. Imposing and
large scale classical front consisting mainly of a full height Roman Doric pedimented
portico with triglyph frieze having discs in metopes, mutuled cornices and two tall
columns in antis. There are narrow side bays of two storeys with angle pilasters;
the frieze motifs are continued above these bays in a simplified form and are
echoed in the window surrounds. Bronze geometrical glazing. A tall parapet crowns
all and is broken forward in centre with inscription: H0MERTON PUBLIC LIBRARY.
Interior has two main halls, one behind the other, the front one always of two storeys,
the rear one recently ceiled. These have barreled roofs supported by curved cast
iron braces, pierced in the centre to reduce weight and riveted to plates inserted
in brick side walls and resting on brick internal pilasters. From these braces are
suspended the plaster ceilings. Inset in the ceilings. are large oblong curved lights
with leaded glazing and bayleaf patterned raised borders. There are oval ventilating
grilles in similar borders along the side walls. The back room has a wood railed first
floor gallery. Roman style decoration is consistent throughout and of good quality;
and the roof construction is interesting structurally.

Listing NGR: TQ3580485301

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