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London 2: South, The Buildings Of England, Hardcover – 2002


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (2002)
  • ISBN-10: 0300096518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300096514
  • ASIN: B005GGM4MK
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,796,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By russ_w on 9 Feb. 2013
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 By A Customer on 29 Jun. 2000
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 By A Customer on 29 Sept. 2001
Format: Hardcover
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James Fortnum on 8 Jan. 2012
Format: Hardcover
None of the reviews on this page relates to the volume to which they ostensibly belong and from which the reader is referred (London: South v. 2 (Pevsner Architectural Guides: Buildings of England). When will Amazon realize that different volumes of a series are DIFFERENT BOOKS and that attaching the wrong review is seriously misleading ? No complaints about the reviews themselves, I ought to add -- just irrelevant and time-wasting for my purposes.
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