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Carnegie Central Library

Carnegie Central Library. Listed Building. Designed by Henry T. Hare, who won the commission in a limited competition. 1905. Shepherd's Bush Road, Hammersmith, Greater London W6 7NJ. [Click on the photograph to enlarge it.]

Cherry and Pevsner consider this two-story library an example of "full-blown Edwardian Baroque” (63), and the article on this Grade II structure in British Listed Buildings describes its red brick and Portland stone construction, Palladian windows, cupola with vane, praising F. E. E. Schenck's “fine sculptural ornaments including figures of Shakespeare & Milton and reliefs of Literature and Art, Industry and Science.”

Location of the statues of Shakespeare and Milton over the main entrance and beneath the central cupola.

Schenck's sculpture on the Carnegie Central Library

References

Cherry, Bridget, and Nikolaus Pevsner. London 3: North West. “The Buildings of England.” New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2002.

Carnegie Central Library,” British Listed Buildings. Web. 20 September 2011. [English Heritage Building ID: 201908; NGR: TQ2341078794]


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