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Frank Salmon, Building on Ruins: The Rediscovery of Rome and English Architecture , Ashgate, ISBN 0 754603 58 X. £49.50

Frank Salmon, Building on Ruins: The Rediscovery of Rome and English Architecture , Ashgate, ISBN... Reviews Salmon, Building on Ruins: The Rediscovery of Rome Architecture, Ashgate, isbn o 754603 58 x. £49.50 Frank and English Such is the power of Thomas Hardy's memorable phrase, of 'Time's central city', that subsequent empires have frequently considered themselves to be 'the New Rome'. In England, for example, four significant new public buildings were commissioned in the mid-nineteenth century. They came to represent what is known as the 'Roman Moment', a late infatuation with Rome, particularly the Rome of Augustus. It was to be a brief flowering, however. The Greek Revival of the first decades of the century had already set the scene for such buildings, but in 1836, Greco-Roman neo-Classicism would receive a shock from which it would not fully recover. This was the year of the competition for the Houses of Parliament, and of the publication of A. W. N. Pugin's seminal book, Contrasts. Thereafter British architecture would turn to Victorian Gothic, instead of the '... thricecooked hashes of pagan fragments' Pugin so despised. The four significant buildings were Birmingham Town Hall (constructed 1831—61) designed by Joseph Hansom, Edward Welch and Charles Edge; the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (1835-48) by George Basevi; the Royal Exchange, London http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

Frank Salmon, Building on Ruins: The Rediscovery of Rome and English Architecture , Ashgate, ISBN 0 754603 58 X. £49.50

Architectural Heritage , Volume 13 (1): 144 – Jan 1, 2002

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Reviews Salmon, Building on Ruins: The Rediscovery of Rome Architecture, Ashgate, isbn o 754603 58 x. £49.50 Frank and English Such is the power of Thomas Hardy's memorable phrase, of 'Time's central city', that subsequent empires have frequently considered themselves to be 'the New Rome'. In England, for example, four significant new public buildings were commissioned in the mid-nineteenth century. They came to represent what is known as the 'Roman Moment', a late infatuation with Rome, particularly the Rome of Augustus. It was to be a brief flowering, however. The Greek Revival of the first decades of the century had already set the scene for such buildings, but in 1836, Greco-Roman neo-Classicism would receive a shock from which it would not fully recover. This was the year of the competition for the Houses of Parliament, and of the publication of A. W. N. Pugin's seminal book, Contrasts. Thereafter British architecture would turn to Victorian Gothic, instead of the '... thricecooked hashes of pagan fragments' Pugin so despised. The four significant buildings were Birmingham Town Hall (constructed 1831—61) designed by Joseph Hansom, Edward Welch and Charles Edge; the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (1835-48) by George Basevi; the Royal Exchange, London

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Published: Jan 1, 2002

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