Architecture of Buckingham Palace
Article By: Francesca Burke
Originally a town house, Buckingham Palace is now one of the most famous buildings in Britain, if not the world.
The site of Buckingham Palace has a long history. It has been owned by Edward the Confessor, William the Conqueror, and the monks of Westminster Abbey. In 1531 Henry VIII took it back from the monks, but in the 17th century James I sold off parts of the site. Sir William Blake possibly erected the first house, around 1624, and its next owner, Lord Goring, extended and developed it. Eventually, however, George III regained the freehold and then the first Duke of Buckingham acquired the lease.
Building the Palace
Buckingham Palace Today
In total, Buckingham Palace measures 108m by 120m, containing 77,000m2 floorspace (smaller than the Louvre and Forbidden City!). There are 775 rooms, including a post office, doctor’s surgery, swimming pool, jeweler’s workshop and cinema. The palace has a variety of styles, including Gothic-influenced cross-over vaulting in one corridor and saucer domes in another, plus the Chinese-inspired Centre Room.
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Webb’s redesigned East Front, from Wikipedia
Buckingham Palace today. From Wikipedia