|Date Listed||Fri 18th May, 2007|
|Category||Statutory Listed Building|
|Address||Carnegie Library & 19 Packe Street Granby Street Loughborough LE11 3DZ|
|Conservation Area||Queens Park|
Public library including linked former librarian's house. 1903-5. By Barrowcliff and Allcock of Loughborough. Red brick with terracotta dressings and slate roof with various tall stacks to house. Library in an exuberant Baroque style, to front, plainer to rear, and house in Vernacular Revival style. The main range is on the street, office to rear and house, which faces Packe St, is linked by a corridor. Main range is a high single storey and an unusual combination of a square which becomes an octagon surmounted by an octagonal pyramidal roof and large lantern with ogee lead covered dome and finial. Front is elaborate with a large central window with aedicule frontispiece surrounding it and ornamental turrets with open Agra-like lanterns at the corners above the triangular section formed by the change to the octagon. The whole has much terracotta decoration provided by the well-known and local firm of Hathernware. Rear ranges are plainer and have leaded-light, casement and sash windows. House has uPVC windows in original openings and a gabled front with a canted bay to left with leaded ogee pentice roof. Door to right under flat hood and windows over. Two gables face yard to left. In the mid 1960's a large library extension was built on to the main range. This involved the demolition of most of the original porch at the side, but it is remarkable that the interference to the rest of the building was kept to a minimum and the original walls and even a window survives covered over in present cupboards in the link.
The description above describes the salient features of the building as it was at the date of listing. It is given in order to aid identification; it is not intended to be either comprehensive or exclusive.
Statutory Listing covers all parts of the property and its curtilage, ie all internal and external elements whether described or not.