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Belfast Central Library

  •   Royal Avenue, Belfast

Classical style 3 storey, 7 bay library. Broad end bays, enclosing a piano nobile of windows under round headed arches with floral spandrels, set behind Corinthian columns. 3 arches lead into entrance porch, and above this stone balustrade spans full width of central bays at first floor level. 2nd floor takes form of an attic with stone balustrade at roof level. Ground floor rusticated and set on a black gabbro base. Aggressively cleaned in the past, indicated by pitting and bedding-plane erosion.

Stone Information

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  • Stonework Construction:
    Regular-coursed ashlar
  • Stonework Condition:
    Sandstone blockwork is in reasonable condition but with some evidence of block deterioration and surface loss through bedding-plane erosion and granular disintegration.
  • Condition Assessment (QUB):
    Stage 1 – A façade in this condition will only require localised remedial treatment concentrating on individual blocks. Stage 1 classification may also indicate that no intervention is needed with only periodic re-assessment of the façade is recommended.
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Architect Information

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  • Architect:
    W.H. Lynn
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