Reading room, Maughan Library
Sir James Pennethorne
King's College London
Cast-iron was used to special effect in the stairwells and the Round Room. The latter was added in 1863, and is considered to be "the finest example of this type of building in London" ("Chancery Lane Library...," 5-7). Although it owes an obvious debt to Sydney Smirke's larger Round Reading Room at the British Museum, opened in 1857, the dome is quite different.
Photograph and text by Jacqueline Banerjee
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