Great Hall, Manchester Central Library
The Great Hall is partly by natural light from the glass ‘oculus’ in the centre of the dome and partly by a circle of elegant Art Deco style lights. The dome creates an extraordinary ‘whispering gallery’ effect, which changes depending on where you stand in the room. Architect Vincent E. Harris designed an extraordinary wrought iron structure over the central counter, with green malachite pillars, topped by a clock.

Around the dome is a quotation from the Bible (Proverbs IV, v7-9) chosen by Harris: ‘Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom; and with all thy getting, get understanding’ All of the furniture in the Great Hall was designed by Harris.
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