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Description: The Mechanics' Institute
Date Listed: 6 September 1977
English Heritage Building ID: 110715
OS Grid Reference: NZ2874614428
OS Grid Coordinates: 428746, 514428
Latitude/Longitude: 54.5243, -1.5574
1. (East Side)
The Mechanics' Institute
NZ 2814 SE 8/133
Dated 1854 by Pritchett. Imposing though heavy classical facade added to somewhat
earlier building. Two storeys, 5 windows. Slightly projecting 3-bay pedimented
centre. Bays divided by giant pilasters with stone capitals resting on plinth
and carrying entablature. End pilasters also. First floor band runs between them.
Large paned sash windows with glazing bars, the outer ones on ground floor tripartite
with pilasters and entablature; the centre ones with console bracketed cornices
and pediments. Half glazed central double door with oblong fanlight in prostyle
porch with paired columns (the outer ones square) up 4 stone steps.
Title in raised lettering on centre frieze.
Left return of pinkish brick, 3 storeys, 4 windows, some being blank panels, Others
are sashes with delicate glazing bars. Some later C19 insertions on groud floor.
Rear elevation shows 3 giant elliptical-arched recesses holding windows.
Listing NGR: NZ2874614428
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Source: English Heritage
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