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John Nash, Regency Architect

Blue Plaque indicating the building is John Nash’s first work

I’ve neglected posting the last few months due to life getting in the way but plan to start posting monthly again.

I’m continuing with covering some highlights of my 2016 trip to the United Kingdom.

While walking along Great Russell Street in Bloomsbury, London, I happened to notice one of the blue plaques which indicates a location of historical significance. This particular plaque stated that the building was the first work of famed architect, John Nash. At the end of the building is another plaque that stated that not only did he design the building but had also lived in it.

Thrilled to have run across this historical treasure unexpectedly, I had to stop to take some pictures.

First building designed by John Nash

John Nash was a leading architect during the Regency and worked under the patronage of the Prince Regent. There are quite a few examples of his work still in existence today. He was involved in the development of Regent Street, Regent’s Park,  the expansion of Buckingham Palace and the Marble Arch among other structures.

One thing I find interesting is the simple lines of his first design when compared to some of his later works.

Buckingham Palace

Despite the personal and financial difficulties he faced in his life, John Nash left his mark in the United Kingdom.

Do you have any favorite architects whose work you admire?

Marble Arch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Resources:
English Heritage Blue Plaque Information for John Nash

BBC Link about John Nash

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