Is My House 'Georgian Anglo-Palladian Classical'?

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OK - we admit that the title of this page is slightly tongue in cheek. However, it is possible that you live in a house that is at the same time Georgian, Anglo-Palladian and Classical. Of course this refers to an issue that we here at Chimni are very keen to clarify: the difference between architectural 'Periods' and building 'Styles'. For Chimni 'Georgian' is very much an architectural 'Period' covering the time from when George I became King in 1714 to the death of George III in 1830. It is a period which houses were built in a wide range of different 'Styles' - from austere, symetrical Classical to more whimsical Indian and Chinese influenced styles, all the way to full blown Gothic. However, in housing the term 'Georgian' has become synonmous with a certain restrained, grid-based, symetrical classicism.

Houses had been built in the UK in Classical style before the Georgian period, however they were almost exclusively large, country houses or substantial town houses of the landed gentry. The great breakthrough of the Georgian period was the expansion of this style into the new streets and squares appearing in cities across the country. Architects like William Kent and builders like Thomas Cubitt took a simplified form of Classical design, pioneered by an Italian, Palladio, and used it as the basis for sweeping terraces of family houses that sprung up in all the major cities of the UK (which at the time included those great Georgian cities of Dublin and Belfast).

See Also In Chimni[edit]

ChimniWiki Page: Georgian

ChimniWiki Page: Regency

ChimniWiki Page: William Kent

Other Interesting Web Sites[edit]

A Schedule of 'Art Deco' Houses in London

Books We Liked[edit]


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