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Architectural Information
  • Building type: Library
  • Date of construction: 1883
  • Architect: W.H. Lynn
  • Listing: B
  • HB/SMR Ref: HB26/50/065
  • 2nd Survey by EHS: No
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Belfast Central Library, Royal Avenue, Belfast

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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

Building Stone Information

Stone Type Category: Red Sandstone
Primary Stone Type: Locharbriggs Sandstone
Secondary Stone Type: Gabbro
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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): 1


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