Chiswick House
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Architect Lord Burlington
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Location Chiswick, England   map
Date 1729   timeline
Building Type large house
 Construction System bearing masonry
Climate temperate
Style Palladian
Notes Also known as "Burlington House".
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Discussion Chiswick House Commentary

"Lord Burlington (1694-1753), the other central figure in the Palladian movement, had a more intellectual approach to Palladian principles. Not only a distinguished amateur architect and important patron, he became the acknowledged arbiter of taste in Palladian England. At Chiswick he added to his Jacobean mansion (destroyed) a smaller version of the Rotonda, Chiswick House, which also takes ideas from Scamozzi's Rocca Pisani (q.v.). The plan has two suites of apartments around an octagonal domed saloon. The sequence of variously shaped rooms, round, octagonal and apsidal-ended, reappears at Holkham Hall, Norfolk, and influenced Robert Adam. On the exterior, tastefully selected openings punctuate the neutral wall surface. The recessed Venetian windows of the rear faŤade were to have a long history in Palladian building."

— Sir Banister Fletcher. A History of Architecture. p1044.

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Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. nine squares diagram, p188.   Updated edition available at Amazon.com

Francis D. K. Ching. Architecture: Form, Space, and Order. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1979. ISBN 0-442-21535-5. LC 79-18045. NA2760.C46. plan, p201.   A nice graphic introduction to architectural ideas. Updated 1996 edition available at Amazon.com

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 entry staircase and facade, f5.60, p136.

Howard Davis. Slide from photographer's collection. PCD .1536.

Sir Banister Fletcher. A History of Architecture. Boston: Butterworths, 1987. ISBN 0-408-01587-X. NA200.F63 1987. discussion, p1044.   The classic text of architectural history. Expanded 1996 edition available at Amazon.com

Leonora Ison. English Architecture Through the Ages, Secular Building. New York: Coward-McCann, 1967. LC 66-24565. NA961.I8 1967. elevation drawing, p27.

Henry A. Millon. Key Monuments of the History of Architecture. New York: Harry N. Abrams. LC 64-10764. NA202.M5. plan drawing, p444.

J. M. Richards. The National Trust Book of English Architecture. New York: W. W. Norton, 1981. ISBN 0-393-01421-5. NA961.R52 1981. section drawing, p141.

Thomas W. Schaller. Architecture in Watercolor. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1990. NA2726.5.S34 1990. ISBN 0-442-23484-8. LC 90-12139. watercolor perspective of exterior, p31.

John Summerson. Architecture in Britain 1530-1830. London: Penguin Books, 1991. interior photo of gallery. plate 276, p314.

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at Amazon.com

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