AWN Pugin by David Frazer Lewis


The first single-volume overview of Pugin’s architecture to be published since 1971- despite his work’s popularity. The book summarises much new scholarship and provides an excellent introduction to Pugin’s career as well as new insight for those already familiar with it.

“A distinct and fresh approach to Pugin, making a valuable contribution.” Dr Timothy Brittain-Catlin, University of Cambridge.

A.W.N. Pugin transformed the Gothic Revival from an architectural style into an international movement. He decorated and furnished the Houses of Parliament, creating one of the icons of modern British identity in the process. His church designs were vastly influential, and although he was staunchly Roman Catholic, he did much to set the aesthetic tone of modern Anglicanism.

The house he designed for himself at Ramsgate transformed the Victorian Gothic villa, demonstrating the ways a thoroughly modern house could draw integral lessons from the Middle Ages.

Although his whole ideal was woven around a conception of English identity, his influence was international. Architects in the United States, northern Europe, and across the British Empire followed his lead, drawing from elements of his aesthetic and ideals, and in doing so, altered the look and feel of the nineteenth-century city.

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David Frazer Lewis is Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, University of Notre Dame.

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