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Decimus Burton (1800-1881)

Decimus Burton trained in the architectural practice of his father, and achieved early renown (when in his early twenties) with his design for the Colloseum in Regent's Park, sadly no longer extant. This enormous exhibition hall featured a dome larger than that of St Paul's Cathedral. He later laid out Hyde Park, and most impressively, was the architect of the triumphal arch at Hyde Park Corner. The Palm House (with Richard Turner) and the even bigger Temperate House at Kew Gardens are also due to him, as is the United Service Club. He designed the elegant Athenaeum at Waterloo Place. The first giraffe house at London Zoo is a surviving example of his work on a smaller scale.

Source: the web site of Bob Speel


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