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© Ms Ruth Povey

IoE Number: 380276
Photographer: Ms Ruth Povey
Date Photographed: 30 June 2001
Date listed: 01 November 1966
Date of last amendment: 30 December 1994
Grade II

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BRISTOL ST5873SW QUEEN'S ROAD 901-1/10/229 (North East side) 01/11/66 Brown's Restaurant and attached front area walls and railings (Formerly Listed as: QUEENS ROAD (North side) University Refectory and Dining Room) GV II Formerly known as: City Museum and Library QUEEN'S ROAD. Museum and library, refectory, now restaurant. 1867-71. By Foster and Ponton. Yellow brick with red brick decoration and limestone dressings, pantile hipped roof. Rectangular open plan. Venetian Gothic Revival style. 2 storeys; 7-window range. A symmetrical front has steps up to a ground-floor loggia with an arcade of 2-centre moulded arches on columns with good foliate capitals, the outer pair of arches on octagonal columns, and now blocked and rendered. First-floor band of shields, below an arcade of alternate large 2-centre arches with 2 orders, glazed, with trefoil heads, and narrow, pointed blind statue niches. Band of nailheads below a coved cornice and parapet. Inside the loggia are 3 tall arches on square columns with acanthus capitals, containing flat-headed openings with an ovolo moulding, and round windows above. Matching left return has 9 ground-floor arches containing triple lancets and round windows above, and 7 first-floor arches linked by an impost band of foliate forms. INTERIOR: largely rebuilt c1950. SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: attached front area walls and stone railings. Foster was responsible for the exterior, described as '...the greatest compliment the West Country paid to John Ruskin' (Pevsner). Much of the decorative detail including pinnacles and parapet has been lost through gutting during the Second World War. One of the barleysugar columns for the corner pinnacles survives to the rear of the left return. (Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural History: Bristol: 1979-: 397; Crick C: Victorian Buildings in Bristol: Bristol: 1975-: 29; The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: North Somerset and Bristol: London: 1958-: 414).

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