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IoE Number: 445581
Photographer: Mr John Turner
Date Photographed: 17 March 2001
Date listed: 22 December 1953
Date of last amendment: 22 December 1953
Grade II*

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1605MUSEUM TERRACEThe MuseumTA 0488 4/11422.12.53.

1. 1605 MUSEUM TERRACE The Museum TA 0488 4/114 22.12.53. II* GV 2. Built in 1828-29 as a museum, then with central rotunda only. This shape suggested to the Scarborough Philosophical Society, who built the Museum, by William Smith, the father of English Geology. Architect R H Sharp. Low wings added in 1860. The central rotunda is of 2 storeys ashlar stone with rusticated ground floor on moulded plinth, the upper floor articulated with Tuscan pilasters, blind bays alternating with small windows at attic level between palisters. Moulded entablature and shallow stone domed roof with stone lantern. The low one storey wings are each of 3 bays and with segmental bowed ends, each with cornice crowned with stele ornament. Inside the original exhibition room of the rotunda is on the 1st floor with access by central spiral staircase, the room is completely fitted with delicately made original showcases with glazed doors on narrow barsveneered in mahogany, the upper angled sections with a simple glazing pattern of rectangles and diagonals. A small second spiral staircase leads to a narrow gallery for upper angled showcases. There is also a library type steps on wheels, tracked around room. a frieze painted with examples of geological strata runs round below cornice, coffered dome over with glazed oculus. A good and unusual building contemporary with The Crescent Gardens development. The listed buildings in Museum Terrace form a good group.

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