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London: City of London v. 1: The City of London (Pevsner Architectural Guides) [Hardcover]

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1 Jan 1997 Pevsner Architectural Guides
The City of London has an amazingly rich architectural heritage which is quite unique in its diversity. The Tower of London, the great medieval Guildhall and St Paul's Cathedral, the masterpiece of Sir Christopher Wren, all lie within its small area. Wren's genius is also apparent in the celebrated City churches, rebuilt after the Great Fire of London. Houses, banks, offices and warehouses of the working City lie in constantly surprising juxtapositions. As the financial capital of Europe, the City boasts a vigorous new generation of premises, including the urbane Broadgate Centre and the iconoclastic Lloyd's. Beneath the present City lies Roman London, whose extraordinary buildings are increasingly familiar from archaeological excavations and displays. In this guide, Simon Bradley unlocks the treasures of this most ancient and modern of capitals, aided by numerous maps, plans, drawings and photographs. Introductory essays describe the growth of the City and the distinctive characteristics of its architecture, and a gazetteer describes the buildings and streets in detail. Extensive indexes and a glossary of architectural terms not only make this wealth of information easily accessible, but also create an essential guide book for anyone interested in this fascinating area.

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  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Revised edition edition (1 Jan 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300096240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300096248
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 4 x 12.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The greatest endeavour of popular architectural scholarship in the world." -- Jonathan Meades, The Observer, 25th November 2001.

"To historians and students and all who want to know a county in depth, the new editions form an essential encyclopedia; as Pevsner himself said when the first revisions came out, these are the ones to have." -- Andor Gomme, Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

Simon Bradley worked for the Historic Royal Palaces Agency begfore joining The Buildings of England. He has lectured on many aspects of the City of London, and is now starting work on a new volume on The City of Westminster to complete the London series.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By russ_w
Format:Hardcover
This magnificent volume covers 99 per cent of the worthwhile buildings in all the boroughs of Greater London south of the Thames, including the whole of Richmond upon Thames, which straddles the river. Minor structures get a pithy architectural summary; buildings of great significance sometimes get several pages, with plenty of historical background and commentary. As an added bonus there's a chapter on Thames crossings, as well as the usual Pevsner glossary of architectural terms, which is an education in itself (and is soon to be available as an app, I gather).

For me, the book is beyond criticism, although I have one inconsequential comment about the style: as with all the books in the series the prose adopts its own shorthand, whereby Cr means Croydon, C12 means twelfth century, Dec means Decorated, EE means Early English, and so on. It's not hard to get used to, but I'd see no harm in such things being written out in full.

It's tragic that this volume is presently out of print. Gone are the days when the Greater London Council's grants ensured regular updates and reprints. Fortunately, Yale University Press seems to have undertaken a long-term commitment to the series, so it's to be hoped that a new edition will be published some time in the next decade - but I recommend this old edition to those who can't wait, because the vast majority of its content remains valid.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bible of British Architecture 29 Jun 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This book is one of a series presented by Nikolaus Pevsner and updated by Bridget Cherry on the Buildings of England.
I own three in the series, all concentrating on Greater London architecture. The books are truly comprehensive in their treatment of the streets they cover. 95% of all streets in the areas I was familiar with are treated in the book. Where noted, architect and year of construction are given.
The books are particularly useful as a reference guide to look up particular streets and buildings. However, the books always give an overall reference to the particular architectual trends of the period and how these manifested themselves in the buildings of the time. Note, individual streets are rarely derided for their architecture. However, the authors do venture into architectual criticism ocassionally. (As when they lament the monotony of the white stucco Italianate facades in mid-Victorian South Kensington)
In addition, the books treat each area separately, breaking up larger areas like Kensington & Chelsea according to their natural street and neighborhood boundaries. This allows a separate discourse on each individual area and the events and developers which shaped them.
The books give special treatment to major works including churches and public buildings. However, they are comprehensive in detail covering all residential housing on a given street.
Since buying these books, I have moved to New York City. Readers interested in a similar series on New York can look to the Monacelli Press Series by Robert Stern: "New York 1880," "New York 1900," "New York 1930," and "New York 1960." This series, however, concentrates on specific periods and details existing buildings as well as buildings since removed.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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Buildings in practically every street in the City are covered, in many cases many of the buildings in a given street are described, with interesting features pointed out.The book covers all architectural periods.If you look at every building described in this book it would take you weeks of long days walking around the city.But if you are interested in architecture it would be worth it (I know, I have done it).Or just read the book, as the book has much history as the City is made up of buildings built over the centuries. 704 pages of excellence.
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