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New Book | Built in Chelsea

Posted in books by Editor on February 1, 2020

Distributed in the USA and Canada by The University of Chicago Press:

Dan Cruickshank, Built in Chelsea: Three Centuries of Living Architecture and Townscape (London: Unicorn Publishing, 2020), 128 pages, ISBN: 978-1911604969, $30.

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.

Dan Cruickshank is an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. The author of many books on British architecture, he has also made numerous well-received programs for the BBC, including Around the World in 80 Treasures, Adventures in Architecture, Britain’s Best Buildings, The Country House Revealed: The Intimate Histories of Britain’s Private Palaces, and Bridges That Built London.

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