Basic Site Details

Name: Blackpool Central Library and Art Gallery
Town, district or village: Blackpool
City or county: Lancashire
Country: England
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Notes: The result of an architectural competition in which 140 designs were submitted George Willoughby, the assessor, awarded first place to Cullen Lockhead and Brown and five equal second premiums of 20 guineas each

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Carnegie LibraryYes 

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2Library  
Item 2 of 2Art gallery  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Queen Street  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 119091912  


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 9George Harry WilloughbyArchitect, Surveyor   Assessor of architectural competition
Item 2 of 9David ThomsonArchitect 1909 Second premiated competition design
Item 3 of 9Gilbert Telfer ScottArchitect 1909 Unsuccessful competition entry
Item 4 of 9Alex Cullen, Lochhead & BrownArchitectural practiceA1909January 1911Won in open competition
Item 5 of 9Alexander CullenArchitectA19091911Won in open competition
Item 6 of 9James LochheadArchitectA19091912Won in open competition
Item 7 of 9William BrownArchitectA19091912Won in open competition
Item 8 of 9Hugh Dykes SimpsonArchitectA1910After 1911As assistant to Alex Cullen, Lochhead & Brown
Item 9 of 9Cullen, Lochhead & BrownArchitectural practiceAJanuary 19111912Won in open competition


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 5Hartwell, C and Pevsner, N2009Buildings of England: Lancashire North  p141
Item 2 of 5RSA1915   547 (Cullen Lochhead & Brown)
Item 3 of 5Stothers, Thomas1912Stothers's Glasgow, Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire Xmas and New Year Annual 1911-19121911-1912HamiltonBuilding 'recently completed'
Item 4 of 5Who's Who in Architecture1914    
Item 5 of 5Who's Who in Architecture1923    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4British Architect12 February 1909  p112 - competition results
Item 2 of 4British Architect19 February 1909  p129 Report on winning scheme by George Willoughby as assessor
Item 3 of 4Builder19 February 1909  pp175-176 with plan p176 and elevation p175
Item 4 of 4Building News19 February 1909  p306

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSScottish Survey of Architectural Practices Project MS material  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers William Brown: F no1758 (microfilm reel 14); James Lochhead: F v20 no1453 (microfilm reel 13); Gilbert Telfer Scott: L v6 no387 (microfilm reel 31); Hugh Dykes Simpson: L v20 no1587; David Thomson: L v10 no556 (microfilm reel 32)