© John Manning Chartered Architect 2014
The library at Dirnanean was formed from several different
spaces, the smoking room, the business room, a store, and part of a passage
leading to the hall. When the boiler room was rebuilt to be in like with the
library wall. This enabled a reproduction Scottish Victorian cornice to be run
all the way round a regular rectangular space. The floor in the Business room
area had to be replaced and the boards laid in the same direction as the former
The shutters to the business room had been butchered and
were repaired and mouldings added to match the rest. The shelves were inspired
by Sir John Sloane’s anti library at Wimpole but Gary Luke the cabinet maker
who made them encouraged me to use native timber unpainted so Ash was chosen to
contrast with the three existing book cases (all Mahogany but different roots).
The details of the cornice, plinth, and shelves all reflect the existing cases,
but the details of the pilasters were fiendishly difficult to form but the
effort was worth it. The Library houses some rare and interesting books and the
humidity is controlled.