Example 164: Parliament buildings, images


Saskia Ltd. Cultural Documentation

Work Record
Class[controlled]: • architecture • government buildings
*Work Type [link to authority]: • parliament buildings
*Title/Name: Houses of Parliament Title Type: preferred
*Title/Name: Westminster Palace Title Type: alternate
*Title/Name: Westminster New Palace Title Type: alternate
*Creator Display: architects: Charles Barry (English, 1795-1860), assisted by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (English, 1812-1852)
*Role [link]: supervising architect  [link]: Barry, Charles
*Role [link]: associated architect  [link]: Pugin, Augustus Welby Northmore
*Creation Date Display: construction on current structure was begun in 1837, the cornerstone was laid in 1840, and work was finished in 1860
[controlled]: Earliest: 1837 Latest: 1860
*Subject [link to authority]: • architecture • government • parliament • government office buildings • legislative buildings • towers (building divisions) • spires
Style [link]: Gothic Revival
Culture [link]: British
*Current Location [link to authority]: London (England)
*Measurements: Victoria Tower: 102 m (height) (336 feet); Saint Stephen’s Tower (Big Ben): 97.5 m (height) (320 feet)
[controlled] Extent: greatest height Value: 102 Unit: m Type: height
*Materials and Techniques: cut stone, bearing masonry
Material [links]: • masonry • stone Technique [links]: • dimension stone  • load-bearing walls
Description: Possibly site of a royal palace of the Danish king of England, Canute. Site of the palace of Edward the Confessor in the 11th century, enlarged by William I the Conqueror. Badly damaged by fire in 1512; House of Commons met in Saint Stephen’s Chapel by 1550, the Lords used another apartment of the palace. A fire in 1834 destroyed much of the palace. Construction on current structure dates 1837-1860. The Commons Chamber was destroyed in an air raid in World War II, reopened in 1950.
Related Images
[links to Image records]: • 2345 (exterior view, facing west)  • 2346 (exterior view, facing southwest)

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