London : The City of London Volume 1, Hardback
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The City of London has an amazingly rich architectural heritage which is quite unique in its diversity.

The Tower of London, the great medieval Guildhall and St Paul's Cathedral, the masterpiece of Sir Christopher Wren, all lie within its small area.

Wren's genius is also apparent in the celebrated City churches, rebuilt after the Great Fire of London.

Houses, banks, offices and warehouses of the working City lie in constantly surprising juxtapositions.

As the financial capital of Europe, the City boasts a vigorous new generation of premises, including the urbane Broadgate Centre and the iconoclastic Lloyd's.

Beneath the present City lies Roman London, whose extraordinary buildings are increasingly familiar from archaeological excavations and displays.

In this guide, Simon Bradley unlocks the treasures of this most ancient and modern of capitals, aided by numerous maps, plans, drawings and photographs.

Introductory essays describe the growth of the City and the distinctive characteristics of its architecture, and a gazetteer describes the buildings and streets in detail.Extensive indexes and a glossary of architectural terms not only make this wealth of information easily accessible, but also create an essential guide book for anyone interested in this fascinating area.

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 704 pages, 64pp illustrations
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Architecture
  • ISBN: 9780300096248

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A vast and comprehensive tour of the City of London's streets and buildings. Despite claims of having reduced the amount of space dedicated to church furnishings, there is still a disproportionate amount of inventory text. The only other criticism that could be levelled is that the architecture is considered almost exclusively from a geometric and aesthetic point of view, without any exploration of how buildings are actually used - in some ways this is a surface view of architecture, rather than a more holistic analysis of the use and ergonomics of buildings. However, this is a quibble which would take the book into a very different approach, and should not detract from what it is, which is a superb reference work for anyone interested in the buildings (and architectural history) of the streets of the City.Note: not exactly a page-turner, but still interesting enough to read cover-to-cover.

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