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South Library

A Grade II Listed Building in Islington, London

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Latitude: 51.5391 / 51°32'20"N

Longitude: -0.0989 / 0°5'55"W

OS Eastings: 531945

OS Northings: 183953

OS Grid: TQ319839

Mapcode National: GBR P2.YG

Mapcode Global: VHGQT.7LL0

Entry Name: South Library

Listing Date: 30 September 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1298054

English Heritage Legacy ID: 368881

Location: Islington, London, N1

County: London

District: Islington

Electoral Ward/Division: St Mary's

Built-Up Area: Islington

Traditional County: Middlesex

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: St Stephen Canonbury

Church of England Diocese: London

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Listing Text


635-1/59/381 (North East side)
Nos.115 AND 117
South Library


Public library. 1915-16 by Mervyn Macartney. Portland stone,
thin red brick with occasional blue brick set in English bond,
and rubbed brick dressings, yellow brick to the stair tower;
roof of Welsh slate. Two storeys, five-window range to Essex
Road, the three inner bays flanked by four giant Composite
pilasters of rubbed, cut and moulded brick, the outer bays
slightly wider. Plinth of Portland stone with crisp lettering
to the foundation stone. Segmental-arched entrance flanked by
Corinthian columns supporting an open scrolled pediment with
Borough coat of arms between; wooden doorcase of pilasters
carrying entablature with pulvinated frieze and cornice.
Ground-floor windows segmental-arched with eared architraves
of moulded and rubbed brick, keystones, and recessed 15/15
sashes. Blank oval oculi above the three middle windows.Upper
windows flat-arched with arrises of rubbed brick, frames set
almost flush with the wall and 12/12 sashes; the right-hand
window has a generous apron of rubbed brick. Stone entablature
with pulvinated frieze and modillion cornice; brick parapet
and stone coping.
The treatment of the Essex Road front is continued round into
Halton Cross Street for two bays between curved recessed
corners; then a single-storey range on Halton Cross Street
with flat-arched windows with gauged brick heads, brick band,
and recessed panels to parapet; this wing ends in a five-sided
canted bay with Venetian window and stepped parapet with
consoles. Oval stair tower in the angle of the Essex Road and
Halton Cross Street wings.
INTERIOR: . Vestibule: panelled in grey-white marble with
superimposed pilasters supporting three bays of domical
vaulting. Staircase hall: oval in plan with black-and-white
marble floor, geometrical stair and wrought iron balusters.
Principal ground-floor room to Essex Road has eared
architraves in hardwood to the windows, echoing the exterior,
and to the doorcases which have segmental pediments. In the
Halton Cross Street wing, the Venetian window has a
fully-detailed architrave, curved in plan. First-floor room to
Essex Road: engaged and free-standing Doric columns to all
four sides supporting shallow coved roof with shallow dome and
lantern; panelled dado; architraves to door and to oval oculi.

Listing NGR: TQ3194583953

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