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The Queen's House - Greenwich, England

architect - Inigo Jones
dates - 1616 to 1635
style - Palladian, Late English Renaissance

"The Queen's House, Greenwich, was built by Jones for Anne of Denmark, wife of James I, in the grounds of Greenwich Palace. Conceived as a hunting lodge, it also fulfilled the secondary function of a bridge over the public road to Deptford, which divided the park in two. Jones placed two blocks either side of the road and joined them at first-floor level by means of a bridge. This H-shaped plan, perhaps modeled on the Medici villa at Poggio a Caiano (q.v.), was later filled in by Webb's addition of two further bridges on the side elevations. A two-storey cubic hall facing the river gives access to the bridge and then to a loggia overlooking the park. Either side of this axis are two suites of rooms. Typically Palladian, the fa�ades are tripartite with a central projecting portion. Plain walls are set upon a rusticated ground floor and crowned by a balustrade. Curving steps lead up to the main entrance, while the internal circular staircase is of a type recommended by Palladio."

— Sir Banister Fletcher. A History of Architecture. p1023.