Description: Laing Art Gallery
Date Listed: 17 December 1971
English Heritage Building ID: 304627
OS Grid Reference: NZ2511564551
OS Grid Coordinates: 425115, 564551
Latitude/Longitude: 54.9749, -1.6092
NZ 2464 NW NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE HIGHAM PLACE
17/12/71 Laing Art Gallery
(formerly listed in
New Bridge Street)
Art Gallery. 1903-4 by Cackett and Burns Dick. Sandstone ashlar; roof not
visible; stone dome to tower cupola. Free Baroque style with Art Nouveau elements.
Central block of 2 high storeys, 5 bays, the outer bays pavilions with projecting
centres. Left 3-stage tower; right wing of 3 low storeys, 2 bays. Main block has
2 central recessed double doors; steps up to wrought iron gates in keyed arch with
elaborate case in free Roman Doric Order; spiral columns to pedimented niche above
in open scrolled pediment on paired rusticated columns; cherubs flanking pediment
carry scrolls ARS LONGA and VITA BREVIS. Arms of Newcastle in blank wall above.
Rusticated ground floor has round-headed windows. Giant Ionic Order in pavilions
with first-floor tripartite windows, blind at left; and bracketed niches with
cartouches. Entablature with pulvinated frieze and modillioned cornice in main
block add plainer in right wing. Left tower with rusticated ground floor is blank
to level of main cornice; above is a 3-light window in raised stone surround, and
an art-nouveau frieze with high-relief female figures, the central winged; corner
pilasters. Octagonal lantern has drum with free-standing columns and 4 pedimented
round-headed openings; dome with ball finial. Interior shows full-width entrance
hall, left hall to staircase, and upper hall, with red, white and Frosterley
marble floors; Tuscan Order to entrance, ironic to left hall, Composite to upper
hall, fat stone balusters and wide rail to stair and circular upper hall balustrade.
Panelled soffits. Historical note: the gift of Alexander Laing to the City of
Listing NGR: NZ2511564551
Source: English Heritage
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