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Who was the architect of the original National Library of Australia?

The original National Library building was in Kings Avenue, Canberra and was located on the site of the present Edmund Barton Building. Designed by Edward Henderson in the Stripped Classical style with features such as Corinthian columns within the entrance alcove and regularly spaced vertical windows. A relief border with inserts that ran below the roof of the nearest fašade introduced a horizontal decorative element. The building was set within a planting of conifers, roses and prunus trees. The foundation stones for the building were laid in November 1934 by the Governor-General and the Poet-Laureate John Masefield. For economic reasons only the one wing was completed and in 1968 it was demolished and the new National Library built on a site within the Parliamentary Triangle. The John Gorton Building, Parkes, formerly known as the Administration Building, was also designed in the Stripped Classical Style. The building was planned in 1924, designed in 1946 and competed in 1956.

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Last update: 2008-08-18 14:10
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