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Lady Lever Art Gallery, Birkenhead

Description: Lady Lever Art Gallery

Grade: II
Date Listed: 20 December 1965
English Heritage Building ID: 215404

OS Grid Reference: SJ3357884785
OS Grid Coordinates: 333578, 384785
Latitude/Longitude: 53.3558, -2.9994

Location: 13 Queen Mary's Drive, Birkenhead CH62 5EQ

Locality: Birkenhead
County: Wirral
Country: England
Postcode: CH62 5EQ

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Listing Text

SJ 3384 NE
(north end)
Port Sunlight
13/83 Lady Lever
20.12.65 Art Gallery


Art Gallery. 1914-22. By William and Segar Owen.
Reinfored concrete with Portland stone cladding.
Rectangular block with entrance projections to all sides,
those to north and south with concave re-entrants.
Cruciform top hamper and saucer domes to ends. Richly
moulded base with some small windows, entablature and
parapet, balustraded to entrance projections. East
projection has recessed Ionic hexastyle porch between
chanelled-rusticated bays. Windows have rich architraves,
aprons and cornices, those to outer bays with trophy crests.
West projection similar, with attached colonnade. North and
south bays have recessed Ionic hexastyle porches, flanking
windows as above with fielded panels over. Porches have
fielded panels. Projection to south has inscription "THE
LADY LEVER ART GALLERY" to frieze. Entrances have paired
panelled doors; steps flanked by marble bases, those to
south have urns. In north west angle a male figure,
L'opprime (the oppressed) sculpted by A. Guilloux, 1913.
Interior: Central hall flanked by 1st floor balconies, with
wider ends. Flat pilasters and barrel vaulted glazed roof.
Ionic columns, paired in depth at each end of central part.
Balconies have antae; entrances below have architraves,
pilasters, friezes and consoled pediments. Ends have similar
details. Entrance halls are octagonal with circular Ionic
colonnade with paired columns and glazed dome; niches
alternate with entrances. One room contains c.1730
panelling from house near Chatham; another contains 1571
panelling from Lambourne Hall farm, Essex; a third contains
Adam-style panelling, 1925, by Percy MacQuoid. Built to
house Lord Leverhulme's art collection.

Listing NGR: SJ3357884785

This text is a legacy record and has not been updated since the building was originally listed. Details of the building may have changed in the intervening time. You should not rely on this listing as an accurate description of the building.

Source: English Heritage

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