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Leeds Civic Theatre and College of Music

A Grade II* Listed Building in City and Hunslet, Leeds

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Latitude: 53.8018 / 53°48'6"N

Longitude: -1.5467 / 1°32'48"W

OS Eastings: 429953

OS Northings: 434037

OS Grid: SE299340

Mapcode National: GBR BJJ.BY

Mapcode Global: WHC9D.6PRV

Entry Name: Leeds Civic Theatre and College of Music

Listing Date: 19 October 1951

Last Amended: 11 September 1996

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1375225

English Heritage Legacy ID: 466107

Location: Leeds, LS2

County: Leeds

Electoral Ward/Division: City and Hunslet

Built-Up Area: Leeds

Traditional County: Yorkshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): West Yorkshire

Church of England Parish: Leeds City

Church of England Diocese: Leeds

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Listing Text


714-1/74/136 (East side)
19/10/51 Leeds Civic Theatre and College of
(Formerly Listed as:
(East side)
Leeds Institute)


Institute of science and art, now theatre and college of
music. 1865-8, with alterations to interior 1949 and 1983. By
Cuthbert Brodrick. Gritstone ashlar, brick, slate roof with
fish-scale slates to pavilion, cast-iron details including
lamp standards; wrought-iron railings.
Rectangular in plan with entrance on the long side and on a
steep slope; one principal storey over a battered rusticated
basement podium. Italianate and Second Empire French
Steps flanked by low walls with lamps, large pilasters
flanking central round-arched recessed entrance with the
words: 'CIVIC THEATRE'; segmental pediment over and carved
tympanum with the words: 'THE LEEDS INSTITUTE', pavilion roof
above. 12 segmental-headed windows with round-arched decorated
tympana over and cast-iron balconies; roundels above, deep
entablature and dentilled cornice, pilasters at corners and
flanking entrance surmounted by urns.
Left return, City of Leeds College of Music: brick with stone
dressings to doorways, corner pilasters, sill bands; 2
storeys, 12 first-floor windows, steps up to double board door
with overlight in pedimented surround below windows 3 and 9,
4-pane sashes throughout. Railing with bulbous finials to
standards and rails.
Right return: ashlar facade as main front, 12 arched windows,
the high podium having a doorway below window 10. Rear: brick
with stone bands, the circular roof of the lecture
hall/theatre has clerestory sash windows with margin lights
and a louvred ventilator with pointed finial.
INTERIOR: reception area dominated by Ionic columns in antis
with a central flight of stone steps up to the theatre
entrance with twisted cast-iron balusters and a moulded wooden
handrail; landing balustrade with scrolls and flowers;
flanking straight flights down to basement area; carved stone
frieze to staircase walls.
Former lecture hall, now theatre: cast-iron columns support

the gallery, scrolled balustrade partly removed when
proscenium arch inserted 1949, (redesigned 1983), tiled walls
with flower motifs in blue/green, elaborate central ceiling
ventilator with scrolls and flower bosses, restored
Basement: the lecture hall floor is supported by a massive
central cast-iron column from which 15 beams radiate out to an
outer circle of columns.
Brodrick won the design for the Institute in 1860, the
building included the central lecture hall approx 22m in
diameter with seating for 1500, gallery, art studios and
classrooms. By 1905 the Institute comprised Leeds Girls'
Modern School, Leeds Boys' Modern School, the School of Art,
Technical School, School of Music and the Commercial Evening
School. They were housed in the main building and immediately
E and SE of it.
(Robinson's Directory of Leeds: 1905-: VIII; Leeds Mechanics'
Institute Annual Report for 1901/2: 1902-; An Historical
Sketch of the Leeds Institute, 1824-1900).

Listing NGR: SE2995334037

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