Edwardian Baroque architecture

Edwardian Baroque architecture

The term Edwardian Baroque refers to the Neo-Baroque architectural style of many public buildings built in the British Empire during the reign of Edward VII (1901–1910).

The characteristic features of the Edwardian Baroque style were drawn from two main sources: the architecture of France in the 18th century and that of Sir Christopher Wren in England in the 17th. Some of the architecture that borrowed more heavily from the English Baroque architects was known by the term Wrenaissance. This period of British architectural history is considered a particularly backward-looking one, being as it is contemporary with Art Nouveau.

Typical details of Edwardian Baroque architecture include heavily rusticated basements, sometimes pierced by round arches (derived from French models); mansard roofs; a profusion of dormer windows; colonnades of (sometimes paired) columns in the Ionic order and domes modelled closely on Wren's for the Royal Naval College in Greenwich. Some Edwardian buildings derive their details from different sources, such as the Dutch gables of Norman Shaw's Piccadilly Hotel in London or the influence of the contemporary Grand Palais in Paris on Cardiff City Hall by the architects Lanchester, Stewart and Rickards.

Notable Edwardian Baroque buildings

* Admiralty Arch, London
* Auckland Ferry Terminal, Auckland, New Zealand
* Ashton Memorial, Lancaster
* Belfast City Hall
* Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey), London
* Country Life Offices (designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens)
* County Hall, London
* Deptford Public Library [ http://www.arthouse.dircon.co.uk/Arthouse/Arthouse%20NEW%20website/history.html ]
* Flinders Street Station, Melbourne, Australia
* General Post Office, Auckland, New Zealand
* Lands Administration Building, Brisbane, Australia
* Law Courts, City Hall and University College, Cathays Park, Cardiff
* The Midland Bank building in Piccadilly (designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens in 1922).
* Nottingham railway station Built 1901 - 1903, Opened to the public 1904.
* Piccadilly Hotel, London
* Port of Liverpool Building, Liverpool
* Sinclair Centre, Vancouver, Canada
* Stockport Town Hall
* War Office, London
* Westminster Central Hall, London
* Woolwich Town Hall
* The Library Building, Stafford


External links

* [http://www.scotcities.com/carnegie/baroque.htm Edwardian Baroque Carnegie Libraries in Glasgow, Scotland]

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