Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Northern Neo-Classical

The Crescent Buxton, Derbyshire UK is a conscious modelling of its famous predecessor at Bath UK. It is a grand example the neo-classical movement and shows the exuberance and confidence of its patron, the 5th Duke of Devonshire who developed Buxton as a Spa Town. It was built between 1780 and 1784 by John Carr as a ballroom and assembly rooms. Carr had an international reputation building a hospital at Oporto Portugal (which was his biggest commission). His favourite building remained the Crescent, and it was the ground breaking multi-use format which would be copied from that point onwards.

Buxton is undergoing a renaissance and many of its buildings have been regenerated. It is a unique town in terms of the contrast between its rural location and its grand opulent architecture

You can view more of my images of Buxton here

There is a framed print available of the Crescent under my portfolio series here

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