Philip Webb

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Works The Red House, at Bexleyheath, in Kent, England, 1859.


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Philip Webb

(b. Oxford, England 1831; d. Sussex, England 1915)

Philip Webb was born in Oxford, England in 1831. Webb studied at Aynho in Northamptonshire and was articled to a firm of builder-architects in Reading. He moved to London where he eventually became a junior assistant for G. E. Street. He met William Morris while with G. E. Street and was commissioned to design a house for him. This design led to more commissions.

Webb only worked on one commission at a time. He believed that to design properly one must "enter the spirit and object of building as entirely as possible". In his designs Webb used Gothic Revival styles for nonreligious purposes.

For most of his life, Webb acted as chief technical adviser and instructor to the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. Although he designed only a few buildings, they were highly influential on the new Arts & Crafts movement.

Webb died in Sussex, England in 1915.

Dennis Sharp. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Architects and Architecture. New York: Quatro Publishing, 1991. ISBN 0-8230-2539-X. NA40.I45. p162-163.

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