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Built in Chelsea

Three Centuries of Living Architecture and Townscape

Among the myriad London districts, Chelsea has always held a special charm for residents and visitors alike. Spacious and gracious, with the River Thames as its dramatic background, it has played host to a unique history of artists, bohemians, and related civil causes.
Over the course of twelve chapters, Built in Chelsea: Three Centuries of Living Architecture and Townscape offers readers an opportunity to learn about key episodes of the area’s history. By using the region’s buildings and structures to mark the stages of change, it connects what can be physically seen on the street with the more hidden histories of the architects, patrons, and people who have made their lives in the area.
Author and architectural historian Dan Cruickshank points to the most crucial Chelsea locales—ranging from churches to military establishments, theaters to restaurants, and housing and shops—allowing readers to feel virtually at home. Cruickshank also notes how the spaces between buildings can be just as important as the buildings themselves. He shows how in recent years some exemplary regeneration projects have taken shape because Chelsea has had the benefit of landowners with long-term interests. Due to their unobtrusive management, Chelsea’s proprietors have improved the experiences of both residents and visitors, creating a model for districts elsewhere in London and beyond.

128 pages | 50 color plates | 6 1/2 x 9 1/4 | © 2020

Architecture: British Architecture, History of Architecture

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"[A] landmark book about Chelsea's built heritage, which excavates its royal heritage (among other layers) with aplomb. . . . Built in Chelsea is handsomely illustrated and rigorously researched, ideally enjoyed with other works drawing out the personalities enlivening the area (Wolf Hall, say)."

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