The building

The Durning Library is a Grade II listed building built in 1889 and designed by Sidney Smith. It was listed in 1981.

Gothic Revival with North Italian and Flemish attributes.  Tall, narrow building of 3 storeys, attic and basement; 2 bays at right and a tower bay, of 4 storeys and basement under tall pyramidal roof, at left.

Fareham red brick with dressings of different stones.  Very steeply pitched slated roof with tall chimneys.  Elaborate facade with mixture of Gothic, Tudor and Renaissance motifs.

Projecting open arcaded ground floor with balustrade and set back left and central entrances.  Tile and terra-cotta decoration above arcade.  Second floor oriel on elaborate corbel has highly decorated gable above, and a griffin rests on a corbelled bracket below.

See British Listed Buildings for more detail




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