Designs for the Plymouth Mechanics' Institute, Princess Square, Plymouth: internal details

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RIBApix ref no RIBA83208
Architect/DesignerWightwick, George (1802-1872)
CountryUK: England
Subject Date1851
Image Date1846
StyleClassical Revival
Library ReferenceVOS/205 f.19
Colour / B&W Colour
Credit RIBA Collections
Notes NOTES: The Plymouth Mechanics' Institute opened in Princess Square in 1827, possibly to designs by John Foulston as he was responsible for the design of the square. By 1850 the Institute's activities had outgrown its building so the existing building was demolished and a new, larger building begun which opened in September 1851. These seem to be the designs for the later building. This design is one of a number of drawings bound into five volumes entitled 'Architectural works of George Wightwick', made between 1832 and 1850. Wightwick instructed his articled pupils to make this detailed set of retrospective drawings to illustrate every building of importance he had designed. The drawings were intended to serve both as a record of Wightwick's completed buildings and as a method of conveying to his students the design process from initial working design to finished structure.

Subject tags

interior decoration, educational buildings, decorative plasterwork