Friday, August 28, 2015

Splendiferous reading room...



Being a huge lover of books Hackett Hall is my favourite heritage building of the WA Museum. I would have enjoyed reading in the quiet splendour of this room. Standing on the upper level, which still feels like a library, original books and all, looking up at the fabulous pressed metal patterns on the ceiling and walls, the skylights, the dumb-waiter lifts and cast-iron spiral staircases I can imagine how it must have looked when it was used as the State Library Reading Room from 1913 - 1984. Check out the images here to see how the library has changed over the years. Can you believe at one point the wooden floor was covered in carpet and the ceiling boarded from the beams up hiding the amazing details below, crazy right!  After major interior restoration work in 1996 it was quite rightly restored to it's former glory. The hall is now used for many an elegant occasion, I would enjoy standing aloft and observing :) Happy Friday, take care and stay safe.. p.s. no sleep on Wednesday night, off to bed early.. big catch up today!


26 comments:

  1. A gloriously beautiful space, Grace!

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  2. Ah, I do SO agree with William, Grace!! Gloriously beautiful indeed!! My kind of place and I do love libraries!! Terrific captures for the day -- as always!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!

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  3. I think I'd have been too busy staring up at that ceiling to get much serious reading done. Splendid building.

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  4. Looks like it might make a great basketball court. :-)

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  5. Now this is a pretty place to relax and read and no doubt good for researching too!

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  6. It is always amazing to see things that have been covered up during renovations. It's good these beautiful features were opened up again, Grace!

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  7. I think I have to agree with John!

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  8. What a beautiful room Grace, I would love to have seen it with all the books...

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  9. A pretty and relaxing place, beautiful images!

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  10. It's lovely. Thank goodness it was restored, as our library reading room was from a similar cover up.

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  11. I remember going up those spiral stairs - it was a very 'hushed' place! Hope you sleep better tonight, full moon coming up :(

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  12. An eye-popping place to see. One wonders what possessed people to cover up the most charming aspects of the interior. Glad some restorers had better vision.

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  13. Hey!! Back here after ages...had a baby n travelled some places in between!!

    I love reading too and this plc looks awesome!!

    www.myunfinishedlife.com

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  14. It's a beautiful library, I've been inside, and I specially loved those spiral staircases.

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  15. A beautiful place inded, Grace!
    Uhhhh, not everything in the 70´s was good! That carpet is pure horror!

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  16. Yes, that WAS crazy. Amazing place.

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  17. That is a gorgeous building. I love stories about building being saved and repurposed. This one was well worth saving. Such gorgeous features.

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  18. In your last posts you make see a lot of beautiful interiors and palaces! I wish I were reading in this library...Arianna

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  19. Indeed, a splendid room.. I could easily get lost in that world and time would be timeless...

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  20. Splendiferous? Is this a word? Tom The Backroads Traveller

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