Whitley Library: the architecture of hope

Whitley library

Whitley library was built in 1935 in the classical and confident municipal style of the time, and is a stand-alone building in smart red brick, with a lovely scrolled Bath stone cartouche at the top with “LIBRARY” written on it. It stands on Northumberland Avenue next to a roundabout at the heart of south Reading. There is a very similar library building in Palmer Park and the style does seem to project a pride in civic life, education and the burgeoning welfare state with that glorious dawn of the National Health Service just a war away.

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Reading University asks for public feedback on St Patrick’s redevelopment plans

The University of Reading is looking for public comment on its new proposals to redevelop St Patrick’s hall on Northcourt Avenue. The university withdrew its previous proposal after a petition, protest from the Victorian Society and the local listing of Pearson’s Court by Reading Borough Council.

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