The Birth of Modern London: The Development and Design of the City 1660-1720

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Manchester University Press, 1999 - Architecture - 245 pages
"The period 1660-1720 saw the foundation of modern London. The city was transformed post-Fire from a tight warren of medieval timber-framed buildings into a vastly expanded, regularised landscape of brick houses laid out in squares and spacious streets. This work for the first time examines in detail the building boom and the speculative developers who created that landscape. It offers a wealth of new information on their working practices, the role of craftsmen and the design thinking which led to the creation of a new prototype for English housing. The book presents the late seventeenth and the early eighteenth century as a distinct phase in London's architectural development and offers a radical reinterpretation of the adoption of Renaissance styles and ideas at the level of the everyday, challenging conventional interpretations of their use and reception in this country."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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noble landlords and greedy
the mad intemperance
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Elizabeth McKellar is Lecturer in the History of Art in the Faculty of Continuing Education, Birkbeck College, University of London.

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