Decimus Burton (1800-1881)

Hyde Park Screen, by Decimus Burton.

Decimus Burton trained in the architectural practice of his father, and achieved early renown (when in his early twenties) with his design for the Coliseum in Regent's Park, sadly no longer extant. However, a number of the Nash terraces there are by Decimus Burton, working under Nash's supervision (see the walk there). 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. 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.

Outside London, Burton is represented by works in various South Coast towns, including the imposing Adelaide Terrace and Adelaide Crescent in Hove (see the walk there).

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