Monday, March 26, 2012

Happy (350th) Birthday Nicholas Hawksmoor

Christ Church, Spitalfields

The Royal Academy in Great Britain is celebrating the 350th birthday of  architect Nicholas Hawksmoor.  Hawksmoor, who was born in 1661, is best known for his important London churches.  And his work stands out for it's "provocative juxtaposition" of styles, as Thomas Marks points out in his article in The Telegraph

The churches have a sort of graphic quality because of the bold combination of geometric shapes.  But they are also unusual because they are so eclectic.  You can see many different architectural styles integrated into the churches; Roman, Greek, Egyptian, Gothic.  Christ Church above is probably the most well known, but the others are quite lovely as well.

These photos of Christ Church are by Simon Kennedy

This is the rear of Chris Church, it looks so different from the front.

St. Anne Limehouse

 St George in the East, Wapping

St. Alfege's Greenwich

 St. Luke's, Islington

 St. Mary Woolnoth

St. George Bloomsbury

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