Neo-Georgian Architecture 1880-1970: a reappraisal

Holder, Julian and McKellar, Elizabeth eds. (2016). Neo-Georgian Architecture 1880-1970: a reappraisal. Swindon, UK: Historic England.



Neo-Georgian was one of the most important architectural styles of the late 19th and 20th centuries across the entire English-speaking world. This is the first collection of essays on this important and over-looked topic by fifteen well-known experts. They examine how, where, when and why the Neo-Georgian was represented over the course of the last century. They explore the construction, reception and historiography of the style, including its vilification and complex relationship with Modernism. Significant 20th century British architects such as Sir Edwin Lutyens, Emmanuel Vincent Harris, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and C.H. James are discussed, some for the first time. The essays range across a variety of buildings types to cover not just the better-known domestic houses but also banks, post offices, universities and town halls. The book covers not only British examples but also global ones as reinterpretations and adaptations of Georgian architecture have been a constant theme over the past century in Anglophile culture worldwide. This well-illustrated book begins the long overdue process of its scholarly re-evaluation.

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