|Victoria Park adjoins Bath's Royal Crescent's private lawn|
My special interest is in the terrace or 'townhouse' form characterized by rows, squares, crescents and circles of conjoined residences. Cities like London, Bristol and Bath still have them, in magnificent numbers.
|23 Ewart Street|
|view from the gravel walk, the short cut to the Baths|
Inigo Jones, as you might know if you've been paying attention to my meagre UK offerings (Jones designed the Queen's House at Greenwich), overturned old style timber frame building (eg. at left) with a bright new "style derived from Renaissance reinterpretation of the ancient architecture of Greece and Rome." (Eveleigh, p.6) Typically called 'Classical' or 'Palladian' (I've certainly gone on about that in past posts, try out the AR Search function if you're at all curious), this architecture spoke "with an Italian accent." (Eveleigh again, sigh.)
Georgian Palladian features - gigantic pilasters with Ionic capitals, the harmony of proportions, strict formulas for the placement and size of windows (note the shorter windows of the 'lesser' top level), rusticated first (below ground) level, a balustrade concealing roof elements, pediments, regularity and symmetry.
|the stately rhythm of 114 giant (47') Ionic columns|
The crescents and circuses of Bath and other fashionable Georgian towns were built by developers and speculators to attract the nation's upcoming upper middle class, who wanted some of the airs of the country houses of the wealthy and titled, without the bills.
|pedimented entrance to left pavilion|
|a tricky property to capture in its entirety - stand back, way back|
|The Ha-ha, taken from the gentleman's bedroom window|