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The classical buildings of Bath

Author: Michael Jenner
Publisher: Bristol : Redcliffe, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Architect Mike Jenner describes Bath's more notable classical buildings, explains the rules to which they were expected to conform, and tells how a few geniuses broke them to move European architecture and urban planning triumphantly forward. The book ranges from the Roman era through eighteenth-century showpieces such as John Wood's Circus and Royal Crescent to the controversial late twentieth-century Cavendish  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Jenner
ISBN: 1908326034 9781908326034
OCLC Number: 827841995
Description: 208 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Responsibility: Mike Jenner.

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Architect Mike Jenner describes Bath's more notable classical buildings, explains the rules to which they were expected to conform, and tells how a few geniuses broke them to move European architecture and urban planning triumphantly forward. The book ranges from the Roman era through eighteenth-century showpieces such as John Wood's Circus and Royal Crescent to the controversial late twentieth-century Cavendish Lodge. The author shows how the problem of designing buildings which fit harmoniously into their context is not new, and gives examples of eighteenth-century classical buildings in Bath which caused serious visual damage to the earlier ones around them. He explains how this reflected the see-saw of fashion, with the work of every generation despised and rejected by the next, and then brought back into esteem by a later one. The Classical Buildings of Bath demonstrates the pleasure to be obtained from looking at classical buildings with proper understanding and the benefit of Stephen Morris' superlative photographs.

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