Library - Administrative Building - Grade 1

Southern three bays of: A single storey building of thirteen bays, constructed from rendered rubble masonry with expressed quoins to corners. Central pedimented portion. All joinery is timber, with sliding sash windows and four doors. Southern door is a panelled hardwood door with glazed light above, central large door in pedimented section is double six panelled doors with circular window above, next most northerly door is double three panelled door with circular window above, northern door is hardwood panelled door with fan light above.. The whole front of the building is raised above the grand parade on a levelled platform with cut stone steps to the central portion. The southern and northern doors are accessed by steps, the southern with a rubble wall adjacent and the northern with a set of hand forged wrought iron railings flanking.

Interpretation: Public library. Originally the EIC library. Original joinery and form.

Historical context: Humphrey includes, 1787 (Teale 11.2.89) Originally Guard House

Significance comments: EIC period administrative building central to life in the 18th century colony. Original plan, joinery and form. Library for nearly 200 years.

Basic Information

Parcel: JT040006

Latest inspection date: 8/26/2011

Inspected by: BMJ

Interior inspected: No

Inspected for: HER Creation

Type: Administrative Building

Sub type: None Sub type 2: None

Main period: East India Company

Period 2: None Period 3: None

Period 4: None Period 5: None




Trend: Stable

Days work to stabilse: 0

Condition comment:

Occupied: Yes

Feasible to occupy: Yes

Accessibility: Easily Accessible

Reuse Possibilities

None: No Tourist attraction: Yes Tourist accommodation: No Dwelling: No Public amenity: Yes Commercial: Yes Administrative: Yes Agricultural: No

Associated finds: None

Sources: None

Additional information: None

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