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Sheffield City Library and Graves Art Gallery - built in a "broad art deco" style, which is fairly obvious from this detail.  Opened in 1934, it was designed by W.G. Davies, with the involvement of the then City Librarian, Joseph Lamb.  According to Wikipedia:

 

"In January 2017 Private Eye reported that the building's owner, Sheffield City Council, planned to sell it due to expensive repairs being required following years of neglect. The potential buyer is the Sichuan Guodong Construction Group, a Chinese developer, which proposes to convert the library into a hotel."

 

So much for civic pride, these days!

 

Later - this plan seems to have been aborted, with other plans now in train.

 

Architectural details - 1

 

Sheffield City Library and Graves Art Gallery - built in a "broad art deco" style, which is fairly obvious from this detail.  Opened in 1934, it was designed by W.G. Davies, with the involvement of the then City Librarian, Joseph Lamb.  According to Wikipedia:

 

"In January 2017 Private Eye reported that the building's owner, Sheffield City Council, planned to sell it due to expensive repairs being required following years of neglect. The potential buyer is the Sichuan Guodong Construction Group, a Chinese developer, which proposes to convert the library into a hotel."

 

So much for civic pride, these days!

 

Later - this plan seems to have been aborted, with other plans now in train.

 

comments (16)

That's really lovely!
I hope those plans get scrapped!
Tom Wilson: It's a very fine building generally - the plans seem to have changed: https://bit.ly/2WuNXNi
I do like art deco, it would be a shame if it was lost, why is it not listed?
Tom Wilson: I think it is listed, Frank - the plan was for a conversion, not destruction. But those plans seem to have changed: https://bit.ly/2WuNXNi
i quite like the clean exterior of big blocks with the sculpture in the middle, Tom.
Tom Wilson: It's a fine building all round, Ayush and includes an art gallery on the top floor and a cinema in the basement.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 8 May 2019, 06:41
To destroy this would be sacrilege Tom
Tom Wilson: It would indeed, Chris - other plans now seem in train: https://bit.ly/2WuNXNi
So much for Chinese "development" around the world, Tom!
Tom Wilson: Fortunately, they seem to have pulled out of the deal - https://bit.ly/2WuNXNi
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 8 May 2019, 07:03
This is a great art deco style. I so hope that they don't destroy it. Chinese of all people sad they want to take over everything
Tom Wilson: The plan was for a conversion, not destruction - but the plans have changed - https://bit.ly/2WuNXNi
Says it all really. Flog everything to the Chinese. The council should be ashamed
Tom Wilson: There was considerable protest and the Chinese appear to have withdrawn - https://bit.ly/2WuNXNi
  • Chad
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 8 May 2019, 09:05
Well councils are feeling the pinch. It annoys me that central government decide on issues then pass the buck to local government, without providing the resources.
Tom Wilson: Well, the Tories have ruined the country generally and public services had long been on their list of things to get rid of...
Lifting weights the ancient way.
Tom Wilson: smile Not much weight in those objects smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 8 May 2019, 13:23
Great shot and a lovely presentation.
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Louis/
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 May 2019, 14:17
It looks a lovely building.
Tom Wilson: It's a very handsome building - here's a good shot of it: https://sheffield.printstoreonline.com/buildings-streets/sheffield-central-library-art-gallery-watercolour-14086382.html
Nice touch of ancient Egypt there.
Tom Wilson: Isn't it? smile
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 May 2019, 17:38
Good to see that this is likely to become a public building once again rather than a hotel. Interesting to learn too that Sheffield has abandoned “quarters”; Southampton has six of them!
Tom Wilson: Oh, we've still got them, Alan - must be six or eight here, too!
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 8 May 2019, 18:49
very intriguing design
Tom Wilson: It's a very fine 1930s building, Sherri, which, unfortunately, the Council has not spent money on to maintain properly.
it's a good shot of the sculptures on the top corner Tom.... the building was neglected and is having a tough time getting someone to clean it up....petersmile
Tom Wilson: And, of course, with austerity and the loss of millions in support, the Council can't really afford to do much about it.
Really makes you take notice of the builiding! Nice photo Tom smile
Tom Wilson: Thanks, Martin.

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