London's Mansions: The Palatial Houses of the Nobility

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9780713487022: London's Mansions: The Palatial Houses of the Nobility

An illustrated history of palatial town houses in London that tracks westward from the medieval City buildings, through developments along the Strand, to 17th-century Piccadilly, 18th-century Mayfair and 19th-century Park Lane.

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From 1978 to 1983 David Pearce was Secretary to the world's oldest conservation body, the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. After five years as editor of the planning journal Built Environment, he became in 1975 a founder of Save Britain's Heritage, and was for five years its Vice-Chairman. Qualified as an architect in 1963, David Pearce turned to writing in the 1970s. He has co-edited (with Marcus Binney) a history of railway architecture, and has written numerous articles and a series of guides to historic buildings, furniture and fireplaces.

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Those who believe that the owners and inhabitants of a house are as much a contributing force to its architectural history as its design and construction will find Pearce's book fascinating. London mansions dating from the Middle Ages to the 20th century are covered, and the emphasis is often on the human element. Architectural description is scant for the early houses, but it increases for the later dwellings as, naturally, more detailed records exist as well as the buildings themselves. However, it is the veritable who's who of the wealthy and aristocratic that captures the reader's attention. It is, in fact, a tale of provenance: who owned which house, who lived in it, when, why, and how. Each sentence of the concisely written text is packed with information. For special history/architectural collections. Carol Spielman Lezak, General Learning Corp., Highland Park, Ill.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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