The Town House in Georgian London

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Yale University Press, 2009 - Architecture - 272 pages

Stepping away from conventional analyses of materials or style and into the previously unexplored world of the house owner, this book takes a fresh look at both the social, as well as the architectural, importance of the 18th-century London town house. Drawing on rich and entertaining evidence--both documentary and anecdotal--Rachel Stewart explores why, and how, so many people pursued life in the city. She not only discusses some of the major architects of the day and their most famous buildings, but she also uncovers what occupants of town houses thought about their property; why and how they chose or built their houses; how they paid for them, used them, decorated them, and disposed of them; and what uses it had for them beyond simple accommodation.

 

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Contents

One Occupying the West End 2 5
25
Two Owning Using Passing On
54
Three Buying and Affording the West End House
70
Part Two C From Building to Architecture
116
Five The Town House Dismissed
136
Six Making a Town House Architecture
166
Conclusion The Town House Reassessed
189
Notes 2
228
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About the author (2009)

Rachel Stewart is Director of the Centre for Career Management Skills at the University of Reading.

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