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IoE Number: 378455
Photographer: Mr D.R. Smith LRPS
Date Photographed: 29 July 2001
Date listed: 12 February 1975
Date of last amendment: 12 February 1975
Grade II*

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WOLVERHAMPTON SO9198NW LICHFIELD STREET 895-1/11/257 (North side) 12/02/75 Art Gallery and Museum GV II* Art gallery. 1883-5. By J.A.Chatwin of Birmingham. Ashlar with some polished granite; slate roof. Italianate style. Symmetrical composition: 2 storeys with basement, centrepiece has 3 ground-floor windows to each side and end terminal features. Dressed stone basement; plinth, channelled rustication and cornice to ground floor; plinth, entablature and balustraded parapet to 1st floor. Basement has sashed windows; ground floor has segmental-headed plate-glass windows with architraves; 1st floor has panels with relief friezes of famous men of science and art. Centrepiece has porch with paired granite Doric columns, paired also in depth, and balustraded parapet; round-headed entrance; 1st floor has Venetian window with rosettes to archivolt, console keystone and foliate spandrels; flanking paired granite Ionic columns with forward break in entablature support panel with paired pilasters and open pediment, cartouche and foliage. Terminals break forward, niches with segmental pediments to ground floor, paired Ionic columns above support forward break in entablature. Balustrade to area. Bowed angle bay has window as to centrepiece but with blind side lights, and similar niche above. Facade facing churchyard is similar, with 3-bay centrepiece flanked by 6 windows, and terminal features flanking centrepiece and to ends: Centrepiece has entrance with flanking paired Doric columns, side bays have segmental-headed windows to ground floor, those above round-headed, similar to centre window. Rear is plain, gabled range to right has large 1st floor windows. INTERIOR has stair with wrought-iron balustrade and panelled walls; top-lit 1st floor galleries. Built for the Wolverhampton Exhibition. (The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Staffordshire: London: 1974-: P.317).

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