Basic Site Details

Name: Manchester Library and Art Gallery Competition
City or county: Manchester
Country: England
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Notes: The old infirmary was demolished in 1909 and for the next 90 years the City Council debated possible uses before finally laying out new gardens to replace the “temporary” arrangements. Among the various proposals were the Art Gallery and Library for which an architectural competition was held in 1911 and a new cathedral.


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 11911 Competition design 


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 4Richard Fielding FarrarArchitect 1911 Premiated but scheme was aborted
Item 2 of 4Charles Rennie MackintoshArchitectA1911 Competition design - premiated (100 guineas) but did not win
Item 3 of 4Honeyman, Keppie & MackintoshArchitectural practiceA1911 Competition design - premiated (100 guineas) but did not win
Item 4 of 4John KeppieArchitectA1911 Competition design - premiated (100 guineas) but did not win


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Hartwell, C, Hyde, M, & Pevsner, N2004Buildings of England: Lancashire Manchester and the South  p325
Item 2 of 2Stark, David2004Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Co., 1854 to 2004 Glasgow: Stenlake Publishing Ltdp200