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The Edwardians and their Houses: The New Life of Old England

Author/EditorCatlin, Timothy Brittan- (Author)
ISBN: 9781848222687
Pub Date01/04/2020
BindingHardback
Pages224
Dimensions (mm)260(h) * 210(w)
This book analyses beautiful and varied style of Edwardian domestic architecture within a broad context, including Edwardian political thought and contemporary literature.
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Edwardian domestic architecture was beautiful and varied in style, and was very often designed and built to an unprecedented level of sophistication. It was also astonishingly innovative, and provided new building types for weekends, sport and gardening, as well as fascinating insights into attitudes to historic architecture, health and science.

This book is the first radical overview of the period since the 1970s, and focuses on how the leading circle of the Liberal Party, who built incessantly and at every scale, influenced the pattern of building across England. It also looks at the building literature of the period, from Country Life to the mass-production picture books for builders and villa builders, and traces the links between these houses and suburbs on the one hand, and the literature and other creative forms of the period of the other. It is part of a new movement to explore the ways in which architectural history is recorded and adds up to an original interpretation of British culture of the period.

Edwardian domestic architecture was beautiful and varied in style, and was very often designed and built to an unprecedented level of sophistication. It was also astonishingly innovative, and provided new building types for weekends, sport and gardening, as well as fascinating insights into attitudes to historic architecture, health and science.

This book is the first radical overview of the period since the 1970s, and focuses on how the leading circle of the Liberal Party, who built incessantly and at every scale, influenced the pattern of building across England. It also looks at the building literature of the period, from Country Life to the mass-production picture books for builders and villa builders, and traces the links between these houses and suburbs on the one hand, and the literature and other creative forms of the period of the other. It is part of a new movement to explore the ways in which architectural history is recorded and adds up to an original interpretation of British culture of the period.

Timothy Brittain-Catlin runs the Architecture Apprenticeship course at the University of Cambridge. His publications include Bleak Houses: Disappointment and Failure in Architecture (The MIT Press, 2014), The English Parsonage in the Early Nineteenth Century (Spire Books, 2008) and Architecture: Learn how to Read a Building (Harper Collins, 2008).

Introduction. Chapter One: Kingsgate: The Edwardian Liberal and his castle. Chapter Two: The Liberals as builders. Chapter Three: The culture of Edwardian house-building. Chapter Four: The people's magic.

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