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Radcliffe Camera Also known as Radcliffe Science Library

 

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  • The Radcliffe Camera is the first ever circular reading library. The circular domed and columned structure was originally conceived by Nicholas Hawksmoor in about 1733 before he was replaced by James Gibbs who created a circular reading room with a facade of Corinthian columns.
  • It was originally built with a bequest from John Radcliffe to accommodate the science library that was spilling out from the Bodeliean Library's lack of space.

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Architect
Nicholas Hawksmoor
James Gibbs
Developer
John Radcliffe

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Reference No.
3111
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
19-03-2011
 

Building Location

Address
Radcliffe Square, Oxford. OX1
Council
Oxford City Council
County
Oxfordshire
Region
South East
Country
United Kingdom

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Building Specification

Status
Complete
Proposal date
1734
Construction start date
1737
Completion date
1749
Style
Neo Classical

Roof Height (AGL)
42.70

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Primary Use
University


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