The Royal Crescent
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Architect John Wood
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Location Bath, England   map
Date 1767 to 1775   timeline
Building Type attached houses
 Construction System bearing masonry
Climate temperate
Context urban
Style Neoclassical
Notes houses form a crescent arc along arc of roadway.


Exterior photo showing curving facade of the building block


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Sources on The Royal Crescent

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. site plan, p223. — A nice graphic introduction to architectural ideas. Updated 1996 edition available at

Donald Corner and Jenny Young, University of Oregon. Slide from photographers' collection. PCD.2350.1012.1143.34. exterior photo showing curving facade of the building block.

Christine Flon, ed. The World Atlas of Architecture. London: Mitchell Beazley International, 1984. exterior perspective of the crescent facade, p316.

Leonora Ison. English Architecture Through the Ages, Secular Building. New York: Coward-McCann, 1967. LC 66-24565. NA961.I8 1967. perspective drawing, p33. partial elevation drawing, p33.

Spiro Kostof. A History of Architecture Settings and Rituals. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985. ISBN 0-19-503472-4. LC 84-25375. NA200.K65 1985. exterior aerial photo of the crescent, f22.30, p568.   Available at

Stefan Muthesius. The English Terraced House. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982. ISBN 0-300-03176-9. LC 82-50442. NA7328.M88. site plan drawing, f124, p158.

John Julius Norwich, ed. Great Architecture of the World. London: Mitchell Beazley Publishers, 1975. rendering reproduced, p193. Reprint edition: Da Capo Press, April 1991. ISBN 0-3068-0436-0. — An accessible, inspiring and informative overview of world architecture, with lots of full-color cutaway drawings, and clear explanations. available at

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


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