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A mid-Victorian competition to design new Government Offices in Whitehall fell victim to a battle between the competing styles of Gothic and Classical. The result proved unworthy of a nation then...

John M. MacKenzie looks at a legendary railway station.

Volume: 39 Issue: 1 1989

J Mordaunt Crook examines the history of a Gothic church in West London.

Volume: 38 Issue: 6 1988

David Starkey looks at what impresses the contemporary visitor to Henry VIII's palaces

Volume: 37 Issue: 10 1987

Ann Hills examines the reconstruction of Singapore's 19th-century buildings to accommodate tourism.

Volume: 37 Issue: 3 1987

A look at the Georgian Group, who campaign for the protection of ancient buildings.

Volume: 37 Issue: 7 1987

Transition in art and kingship, between medieval and Renaissance Europe, characterises the first Tudor's memorial.

Volume: 36 Issue: 2 1986

Peter Biller looks at the restoration of one of England's finest remaining early town halls.

Volume: 36 Issue: 9 1986

William's persistent determination to build an abbey on the exact site of his victory at Hastings underlines its importance as a symbol of the Norman Conquest.

Volume: 35 Issue: 12 1985

Robert Thorne on London's architects and their work.

Volume: 34 Issue: 9 1984

'Compare the wealth and refinement of cities such as Mexico... in the middle of the eighteenth century, with the austere simplicity, verging on poverty, of... Philadelphia, a misleading splendour; what was dawn for the United States was twilight for Latin America...' Octavio Paz

Volume: 34 Issue: 5 1984

The buildings the British built in India tell us much about how the British shaped India's conception of the past, explains Thomas R. Metcalf, and how they turned India's architectural heritage to the service of the Raj.

Volume: 32 Issue: 9 1982

'London is rich in historic buildings and monuments, but behind most familiar landmarks lurk the ghosts of abandoned designs and rejected projects.' In this extract from their book London as it might have been, Felix Barker and Ralph Hyde consider bridges which were planned for the Thames.

Volume: 32 Issue: 6 1982

Montagu House was built by the first Duke of Montagu, who 'made money like a rogue and spent it like a gentleman' on his patronage of the arts, the finest examples of which were to be found in this London house which was to become the first home of the British Museum.

Volume: 32 Issue: 5 1982

'A kind of apotheosis of terracotta', the Natural History Museum has been open for a hundred years as a scientific institution to serve the huge lay audience who are knowledgeable about nature and eager to learn more. Robert Thorne reflects on how, in its centenary year, the museum's architectural perfection is under threat.

Volume: 31 Issue: 5 1981

The beautiful summer palaces of Yuan Ming Yuan outside Peking, designed by Europeans for the Emperor of China in the middle of the eighteenth century, have now been recognised as a curiosity of their country's heritage, explains Harriet Berry.


According to Lindsey A.J. Hughes, Peter the Great's programme of Westernisation was neither as unheralded nor such a break with the past as has sometimes been suggested.

Volume: 30 Issue: 2 1980

L.W. Cowie describes how, early in 1805, a series of strong points were built along the British coast-line, to defend against Napoleon’s army, then arrayed across the Channel.

Volume: 29 Issue: 9 1979

L.W. Cowie takes the reader on a visit to London's Carlton House; an architectural gem with many royal connections and which was converted into a palace for the future George IV.

Volume: 28 Issue: 2 1978

From Norman times until the fifteenth century, writes L.W. Cowie, the Tower was often a royal residence as well as a fortress and armoury.

Volume: 28 Issue: 9 1978

From A.D. 400, writes E.R. Chamberlin, imperial Rome was subject to pillage and plunder, but Popes in the Renaissance destroyed in order to rebuild.

Volume: 28 Issue: 5 1978

Neil Ritchie describes a pastoral race who flourished on Sardinia between 1500 and 500 B.C.. The Nuraghi have left us more than seven thousand finely built towers and a host of magnificent bronze figurines.

Volume: 28 Issue: 10 1978

York Minster was dedicated in 1472 after two and a half centuries of building. L.W. Cowie describes how it still affords insight into medieval life.

Volume: 28 Issue: 5 1978

L.W. Cowie takes a visit to the last of the great Elizabethan and Jacobean mansions of London, that once looked south across the Thames and survived until 1874.

Volume: 27 Issue: 2 1977

Had Trench’s ambitious projects been carried through, writes John M. Robinson, London might have rivalled St Petersburg in neo-classical magnificence.

Volume: 27 Issue: 5 1977

L.W. Cowie describes what was, for seventy years, a key feature of the fashionable resort on the English south coast.

Volume: 27 Issue: 9 1977

Besides the Royal Academy, write Sonia & Vivian Lipman, the Somerset House building housed the Royal Society and the Society of Antiquaries.

Volume: 27 Issue: 9 1977

Joanna Richardson takes readers on a mid twentieth century architectural tour of Paris; the French capital, she writes, bears the signature of successive rulers.

Volume: 26 Issue: 6 1976

Washington and Jefferson, writes Myrene Salmon, were both impressed by the French architect’s plans for a new capital city.

Volume: 26 Issue: 11 1976

Thomas More and his family moved into his ‘Great House’ in Chelsea in 1518. L.W. Cowie describes their life there, until More's arrest in 1534.

Volume: 26 Issue: 2 1976

Joanna Richardson relates how, as Préfet de la Seine from 1853 until 1870, Haussmann superintended the rebuilding and enlargement of Paris.

Volume: 25 Issue: 12 1975

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