Monday, 21 June 2010

Education - the Parkinson Building

The last of Thursday's photographs, the Clothworker's Court arch is just to the left and in the distance is the Parkinson building clock tower. A completely different style of architecture from the second phase of the expansion of the University.

In 1936 The Brotherton Library was opened, but with no real street presence; it was always intended to be set behind a central arts and administration block. Frank Parkinson offered £200,000 for the construction of this building named after him.

Faced in Portland stone it was designed in the distinctive Greek Revival style of Thomas Lodge and was officially opened by Princess Mary in 1951.

A very large piece of machine embroidery undertaken by Janet Taylor and completed in 24 hours (I don't think this was a single marathon effort though)

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