Manchester Central Library

It was one of those spring mornings with alternating sun and showers - great weather for photography.


Although the library is classical in design, drawing inspiration from the Pantheon in Rome, it's actually a 1930s building. The white portland stone really gleams in the sunshine doesn't it.....especially when compared to the drabness of the terracotta of the Midland Hotel on the left of the photo.


The building is currently shut at the start of a 3 year internal refurbishment....I guess they'll be getting rid of the old card index system:

  • Imran Rashid 5y

    Brilliant capture, I like the bright light here !
  • Mike Spriggs 5y

    Yes it looks good basking in the sunshine. Again nice balance on either side with equal diagonals. Luuurvely work!
  • Pete Marsden 5y

    Love the comp and contrast, and the building does look great Ian!
  • Mohsan' 5y

    Good stuff, nice composition !
  • b5ml 5y

    nice take pal
  • Kevin Laycock 5y

    Well, there's a lost opportunity to fix a centuries old mistake. As I understand it, when the Roman's got the columns delivered for the portico on the Pantheon, they showed up a bit short. Since sending them back to Turkey wasn't an option, they lowered the roof a bit...
  • John Leech 5y

    That's what happens when you measure in cubits and the Turks turned out to be juuust a little bit shorter than the Romans.

    Nice light Ian. It will be interesting to see what they do to the inside and what happens to that glorious archaic filing.
  • Kevin Laycock 5y

    PS. It is a nice building and the clouds do help. After looking at it for a bit I've decided that it kicks our library's bent and shiny metal ass.
  • Sudhindra Aithal 5y

    wonderful..i like how the building is brightly lit with clouds hovering on top
  • Boudewijn Boer (Bo) 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Cities in B&W, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
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