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vanbrugh: citadels in danger

Sir John Vanbrugh, soldier, dramatist, and architect, carried stateliness to its furthest extreme in buildings like Belnheim Palace and Castle Howard. A critic wrote: “Such noble ruins every pile would make, I wish they’d tumble for the prospect’s sake.” ADDENDUM: … Continue reading

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land equaled power

Nowhere were the changes from barbarism to sophistication so clearly mirrored as in the houses, the furniture, the clothes, the style of life of the rich. By 1750 the Western world had captured a vast commerce unequaled in history and … Continue reading

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the great estates: country life

The noble houses of eighteenth-century England… …The great age of building came to France in the sixteenth century, the time when many of the fabulous chateaux of the Loire were built, creating a tradition of palatial architecture which, modified and … Continue reading

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fire of london: desolation row

On Sunday, September 2, 1666, fire burst out in a riverside area of London. The season was dry, the city wooden, and a perverse east wind kept fanning the flames. Ever curious, Samuel Pepys climbed a turret to get a … Continue reading

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GOTHIC D.I.Y & FORGETTING TO DIE

You can build it. We can help. Lets build something together.So the slogans go. ┬áThe eighteenth-century quest for the shudders went well beyond the craving for ”horrid” novels and took the form of horrid architecture that seemed to be permeated … Continue reading

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