King's College, London

Reading room, Maughan Library

Sir James Pennethorne

1863

King's College London

Chancery Lane

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.

Other Views

  • The Maughan Library, Chancery Lane façade
  • The Maughan Library, view from the South Courtyard
  • Different stone used in contruction
  • Clock tower
  • Painted zinc ceiling
  • Stairwell
  • Photograph and text by Jacqueline Banerjee

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