The Portico Library :: Shared Description

The Portico Library (aka The Portico or Portico Library and Gallery) in Manchester, is an independent subscription library founded in 1806. The library, mainly focused on 19th-century literature, was designed in the Greek Revival style by Thomas Harrison of Chester, architect of Liverpool's Lyceum and built by one of the founders, David Bellhouse. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a Grade II* listed building (Historic England List Entry Number: 1197930 LinkExternal link ).

Although the building was originally built for the library, the ground floor was leased to the Bank of Athens in 1921 and a floor was added to the gallery creating a new first floor and that is where the library now resides. The library's first chairman was John Ferriar. Its first secretary, Peter Mark Roget, began his thesaurus here. Other notable members have included John Dalton, Reverend William Gaskell, Sir Robert Peel and more recently Eric Cantona.
by David Dixon
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SJ8498 : John Thwaites Clock, Portico Library by David Dixon
SJ8498 : Portico Library, Domed Ceiling by David Dixon
SJ8498 : The Portico Library, Manchester by David Dixon
SJ8498 : Portico Library Entrance, Charlotte Street by David Dixon
SJ8498 : The Bank and Portico Library by David Dixon
SJ8498 : Portico Library (interior) by David Dixon
SJ8498 : John Thwaites Wind Dial, The Portico Library by David Dixon


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Created: Sun, 14 Apr 2019, Updated: Sun, 14 Apr 2019

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