On a recent visit to Liverpool we found ourselves in the newly refurbished Central Library. Then we stumbled across The Picton Reading Room. I have to say it was like stepping back in time and frankly, we were all stunned.
It really did have the wow factor!
It is a round room based on the Rotunda in the British Museum in London which, in turn, was based on the Pantheon in Rome. It is named in honour of James Allanson Picton, an architect and supporter of the Liverpool free library. It was completed in 1879. The ceiling is domed and my dark picture doesn’t really do it justice. The picture below shows the lovely green colour a bit better. It was a stunning place to stumble across. The other thing we enjoyed about the library was, that you can go out onto the roof and look out over the city. That was pretty special too!