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Building St Paul's

Author: James W P Campbell
Publisher: London : Thames & Hudson, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"St Paul's Cathedral has dominated London's skyline for three hundred years. Building St Paul's tells the story of this remarkable landmark and of those responsible for its construction, from the time of the disastrous Great Fire to the cathedral's final completion in 1708. The figure of Sir Christopher Wren is well known: the son of a Wiltshire clergyman who became the greatest architect in English history. Yet  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Named Person: Christopher Wren, Sir; Christopher Wren, Sir; Christopher Wren, Sir
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James W P Campbell
ISBN: 9780500342442 050034244X
OCLC Number: 174129918
Description: 176 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 23 cm
Contents: A new dome for London --
The astronomer architect --
Fire and destruction --
Models, designs and warrants --
The demolition men --
Late in the Office of Works --
The phoenix rising --
Financing the works --
The wealth of masons --
Carpenters and scaffolding --
Sourcing the materials --
Collapsing vaults and flying buttresses --
The race to finish the choir --
Roofing the cathedral --
Designing the dome --
Catenary curves and parabolic conoids --
The telescope in the tower --
Frauds and abuses --
The cathedral completed --
Epliogue.
Other Titles: Building Sait Paul's
Responsibility: James W.P. Campbell.

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Tells the story of St Pauls building and of those responsible for its construction, from the time of the disastrous Great Fire to the cathedrals final completion in 1708. This book also considers  Read more...

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