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Central Public Library

A Grade II* Listed Building in City Centre, Manchester

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Latitude: 53.478 / 53°28'40"N

Longitude: -2.2446 / 2°14'40"W

OS Eastings: 383865

OS Northings: 397942

OS Grid: SJ838979

Mapcode National: GBR DJJ.N7

Mapcode Global: WHB9G.HVD3

Plus Code: 9C5VFQH4+55

Entry Name: Central Public Library

Listing Date: 3 October 1974

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1270759

English Heritage Legacy ID: 457312

Location: Deansgate, Manchester, M2

County: Manchester

Electoral Ward/Division: City Centre

Built-Up Area: Manchester

Traditional County: Lancashire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater Manchester

Church of England Parish: Manchester St Ann

Church of England Diocese: Manchester

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698-1/31/408 (West side)
03/10/74 Central Public Library


Public library. 1930-4, by Vincent Harris. Portland stone,
slate roof with concealed glazed lantern light. Circular plan
with rectangular portico on east side. Classical style. Four
storeys with basement and attic (surrounding a large central
reading room); with a chamfered plinth, rusticated masonry to
ground and 1st floors with a Greek-key frieze, a continuous
Tuscan colonnaded screen to set-back 2nd and 3rd floors, with
a plain frieze, cornice and parapet concealing a low set-back
attic storey. The east side (to the square) has a rectangular
2-storey projection with a central 5-bay portico of giant
Corinthian columns tetrastyle in antis, with round-headed
arches in the returned ends, and entablature with dentilled
cornice. Otherwise, the ground floor has tall round-headed
windows with keystones, the 1st floor has tall square-headed
windows, and the 2nd and 3rd floors have smaller rectangular
windows; all these windows with metal-framed small-paned
glazing. Interior: domed circular reading room surrounded by
giant Tuscan colonnade.

Listing NGR: SJ8386597942

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