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Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

A Grade II* Listed Building in Castle (Castell), Swansea

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Latitude: 51.6239 / 51°37'25"N

Longitude: -3.9443 / 3°56'39"W

OS Eastings: 265503

OS Northings: 193463

OS Grid: SS655934

Mapcode National: GBR WRV.1W

Mapcode Global: VH4K9.LF4Z

Plus Code: 9C3RJ3F4+G7

Entry Name: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery

Listing Date: 30 March 1987

Last Amended: 30 March 1987

Grade: II*

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 11553

Building Class: Recreational

Also known as: Oriel Gelf Glynn Vivian

ID on this website: 300011553

County: Swansea

Community: Castle (Castell)

Community: Castle

Locality: Swansea

Built-Up Area: Swansea

Traditional County: Glamorgan

Tagged with: Art museum Edwardian architecture Local authority museum

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Dated 1909. Designed by Glendinning Moxham, architect of Swansea. Edwardian Baroque.


Low and wide symmetrical composition with advanced, pedimented and pavilions, elaborate Baroque doorpiece to plain centre. Red brick, ashlar dressings (banded to angles). 2-storey ends with rusticated pilasters and Corinthian columns in antis supporting entablature of dentilled pediments; recessed tripartite windows (paired in centre) with small-pane glazing, swagged heraldic shields over ground floor, cills dropped through rusticated plinth. Uniform 5-bay centre with pitched glazed roof behind blocking-course with bold dentilled cornice. Frieze inscribed "MDCCCCIX". Architraved cross-windows with keyblocks linked to cornices and aprons, small-pane glazing. Doorcase with open and broken pediment, florid cartouche with cherubs, keyblock to round-arched entrance, blocked columns with triglyph frieze to doorpiece. Low area walls swept up, steps to double panelled door.

Modern extension (1974) to left is not of special interest.


Interior has monumental top-lit entrance hall with balustraded gallery cantilevered on massive volutes, pilasters below. Imperial staircase with balustraded handrails to centre left under archway with swagged, cherubic keyblock. Segmental arched and glazed ceiling with massive volutes as before, panelled tympana, fine bracket cornice. Architraves timber doorcases, tablets to friezes with cornices over, panelled reveals; arched bays along ground floor entrance wall.

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