Westminster City Lending Library, 4-8 Charing Cross Road, London: the main library
|Architect/Designer||Riches & Blythin|
|Artist/Photographer||Hobbs Offen & Co. Ltd|
|Library Reference||AP132/156 (Hobbs Offen B14.5/20 37035)|
|Colour Info||Black and white|
|Credit||Architectural Press Archive / RIBA Collections|
|Subject||Interior decoration ; Balconies ; Libraries ; Stairs ; Lighting ; Wood ; Conversion of buildings ; Steel|
NOTES: These premises had been used as a canteen and a club for New Zealand forces during World War II and were converted by Riches & Blythin into a public library which opened in 1948. The main library, formerly the assembly hall and gallery, was decorated with pink ceilings, cream walls, terracotta-coloured columns and steel shelving and balustrades painted battleship grey. The fluorescent light fittings were manufactured by Thorn Electrical Industries Ltd.
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