Banqueting House
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Architect Inigo Jones
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Location Whitehall, London, England   map
Date 1619 to 1622   timeline
Building Type large house
 Construction System cut stone masonry
Climate temperate
Context urban
Style Palladian, Late English Renaissance


Photo, exterior, street facade

Photo, interior, great room

view from west


Plan Drawing
Perspective Drawing

Discussion Banqueting House Commentary

"...Jones built a new Banqueting House at Whitehall Palace for James I, to replace a previous one destroyed by fire. When the Banqueting House in London was completed, it bore no resemblance to anything ever built in England before....It consists of one great cubic room that served for royal receptions, ceremonies, and the performance of masques. The exterior elevation has three levels: a rusticated base; a first story with a series of windows crowned by alternating segmental and triangular pediments on brackets separated by engaged Ionic columns, and pilasters that are doubled at the ends of the building; and a second story with Corinthian columns and pilasters that correspond to those below, as do the windows (but with straight cornices), and with a garland swag tying the capitals together beneath the flat balustraded roof."

— Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture: from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. p378-9.


Whitehall, directly across from the Horse Guards, telephone: 930-4179.

Sources on Banqueting House

James Stevens Curl. Classical Architecture: an introduction to its vocabulary and essentials, with a select glossary of terms. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1992. ISBN 0-442-30896-5. NA260.C87. exterior photo of street facade, f5.38, p124.

Sir Banister Fletcher. Sir Banister Fletcher's A History of Architecture. 18th ed., revised by J.C. Palmes. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1975. ISBN 684-14207-4. NA200.F63. Discussed, p1003-1004. Drawings, p1005. Photo, p1006.   The classic text of architectural history. Expanded 1996 edition available at

Cristine Flon, ed. The World Atlas of Architecture. London: Mitchell Beazley International, 1984. exterior color photo from the street. p300.

Yetsuh Frank, University of Oregon. Slide from photographer's collection, October 1993. PCD.2287.1022.1938.006. PCD.2287.1022.1938.005.

John Harris and Gordon Higgot. Inigo Jones, Complete Architectural Drawings. New York: A. Zwemmer Ltd., 1989. ISBN 0-302-00608-7. LC 88-062816. bottom photo on p109.

Johnson Architectural Images. Copyrighted slides in the Artifice Collection.

Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture, from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1986. ISBN 0-13-044702-1. NA200.T7. discussion p378-9.   Available at

Doreen Yarwood. The Architecture of Europe. New York: Hastings House, 1974. ISBN 0-8038-0364-8. LC 73-11105. NA950.Y37. perspective drawing, fig688, p335. no image credit.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Banqueting House


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