The villa: ideal type or vernacular variant?

McKellar, Elizabeth (2011). The villa: ideal type or vernacular variant? In: Guillery, Peter ed. Built from Below: British Architecture and the Vernacular. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 49–72.



This chapter explores the small middle-class villa in outer London from c. 1650-1800. It argues that far from being an elite ideal type villas in this context tended to ignore the well-documented Palladian model. Using the example of Greenwich as a case study the article argues for the small outer London villa as early and widespread evidence for a 'London suburban vernacular' architecture.

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