Palm House at Kew Gardens
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Architect Decimus Burton and Richard Turner
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Location London, England   map
Date 1844 to 1848   timeline
Building Type greenhouse
 Construction System glass and iron
Climate temperate
Context urban botanical garden
Style Victorian
Notes 363 feet long, 100 feet wide, 66 feet high.
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Photo, exterior, elevation overview from across pond

Photo, exterior showing glass roofs of the Temperate House

Photo, exterior, level overview
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Map of Kew Gardens  at ArchitectureWeek
Discussion Palm House at Kew Gardens Commentary

"Sir Joseph Paxton (1801-65), who achieved fame with his all-glass, prefabricated — and incomparable — Crystal Palace Exhibition Hall of 1851, was the protagonist of glass in architecture. His conservatory at Chatsworth (1837; now, like the Crystal Palace, destroyed) was one of the great glass pioneers.

"Inspired by Chatsworth, and by the eager searching of the times, Decimus Burton and Richard Turner designed the much larger Palm House in London's Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, where they were the supervising architects. Palm House is 363 feet long by 100 feet wide and rises to a height of 66 feet. Besides educating visitors in the natural world, one of the functions of English greenhouses at the time was to display the exotic range of plants and flowers that flourished in the British Empire."

— G. E. Kidder Smith. Looking at Architecture. p128.

Resources
Sources on Palm House at Kew Gardens

"Configuring Kew", by Don Barker, ArchitectureWeek No. 306, 2006.1025, pC1.1.

"London Apline", by Don Barker, ArchitectureWeek No. 306, 2006.1025, p1.

"Restoring Kew Gardens", by Don Barker, ArchitectureWeek No. 117, 2002.1002, pC1.1.

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

Leonora Ison. English Architecture Through the Ages, Secular Building. New York: Coward-McCann, 1967. LC 66-24565. NA961.I8 1967. perspective drawing, p99. Leonora Ison.

G. E. Kidder Smith. Looking at Architecture. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Publishers, 1990. ISBN 0-8109-3556-2. LC 90-30728. NA200.S57 1990. Exterior photo of domes, p129. discussion, p128.

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

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