Victorians Revalued (Studies in Victorian Architecture and Design Volume 2)


Edited by Rosemary Hill, Colin Cunningham and Aileen Reid. In the second issue of ‘Studies in Victorian Architecture and Design’ we look at what the twentieth century thought of nineteenth-century architecture. Now out of print.

Until the 1960s Victorian buildings were routinely demolished, decried as 'monstrosities' or at best enjoyed for their amusement value - the 'Victoriana tendency' of Lytton Strachey. By the beginning of the twenty-first century their beauty and utility were so generally accepted that the reopening of St Pancras International was greeted ecstatically. That this shift in taste occurred in the half century after the The Victorian Society was founded is no coincidence. This second volume of Studies in Victorian Architecture and Design marks the 50th anniversary of that event by surveying the Society's influence and other aspects of Victorian architecture's rehabilitation.

What did we do for the Victorians? Gavin Stamp

From Eaton Hall to Tyntesfield: changing attitudes to the Victorian country house Colin Cunningham

How the tide turned for Gothic Revival churches Michael Hall

From Pugin to Voysey: collecting and preserving nineteenth-century drawings and archives Susan Pugh

"Those damned Victorians!": John Summerson's changing vision of the Victorians Frank Salmon

Das englische Haus revisited Stefan Muthesius

What about the Edwardians? Ian Dungavell

ISBN 978-0-901657-51-0

Published October 2010.

The publication of this second volume of Studies in Victorian Architecture and Design has been made possible by a generous bequest from Eliot Hodgkin.

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