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  • Andrea Palladio


    Andrea Palladio (; 30 November 1508 – 19 August 1580) was an Italian architect active in the Venetian Republic. Palladio, influenced by Roman and Greek architecture, primarily by Vitruvius, is widely considered to be one of the most influential individuals in the history of architecture. All of his buildings are located in what was the Venetian Republic, but his teachings, summarized in the architectural treatise, The Four Books of Architecture, gained him wide recognition. The city of Vicenza, with its twenty-three buildings designed by Palladio, and the Palladian Villas of the Veneto are listed together as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

  • Architecture of the United States


    Thomas Jefferson designed his Neoclassical/Palladian style Monticello estate in Virginia, the only World Heritage Site home in the United States. The architecture of the United States demonstrates a broad variety of architectural styles and built forms over the country's history of over four centuries of independence and former Spanish and British rule. Architecture in the United States is as diverse as its multicultural society and has been shaped by many internal and external factors and regional distinctions. As a whole it represents a rich eclectic and innovative tradition.

  • Houghton Hall


    The façade of Houghton Hall in 2007. The façade of Houghton Hall from Colen Campbell's Vitruvius Britannicus. The corner towers were replaced with domes in the final design.Houghton Hall ( ) is a country house in the parish of Houghton in Norfolk, England. It is the residence of David Cholmondeley, 7th Marquess of Cholmondeley. It was commissioned by the de facto first British Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole in 1722, and it is a key building in the history of Palladian architecture in England. It is a Grade I listed building surrounded by of parkland a few miles from Sandringham House. The house has a rectangular main block which consists of a rustic basement at ground level, with a piano nobile, bedroom floor and attics above. There are also two lower flanking wings joined to the main block by colonnades. To the south of the house there is a detached quadrangular stable block. The exterior is both grand and restrained, constructed of fine-grained, silver-white stone. The Gibbs-designed domes punctuate each corner. In line with Palladian conventions, the interiors are much more colourful, exuberant and opulent than the exteriors. The park surrounding Houghton Hall was redesigned in the 18th century by Charles Bridgeman. In the process, the village of Houghton was demolished and rebuilt at the main gates of the park, with the exception of the medieval parish church, which now sits alone in the park.

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