The architecture of the RA
We’re lucky enough to have two historic London buildings to call home: Burlington House, and Burlington Gardens. Now linked for the first time, together they form the new RA.
It seemed one of those edifices in fairy-tales, that are raised by genii in a night’s time.
Horace Walpole on Burlington House
A timeline of our buildings
We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.
The architectural history of the home of the Royal Academy
On Charles II’s restoration to the throne in 1660, four of his supporters were provided with plots of land in a leafy suburb of London, on which to build their extravagant town palaces. The only one to survive – built for the poet and courtier Sir John Denham (1615–1669) and now situated in the heart of Piccadilly – became the home of the Royal Academy of Arts, its exhibitions and its Schools.
This hardback book charts the history of the estate through its many owners, including the 3rd Earl of Burlington (1694–1753), who gave the house not only its name but also its influential character and distinctive architecture, which remains an unparalleled example of the Palladian style in England.
Nicholas Savage’s thorough research studies 350 years of social and architectural history, as well as revealing the next phase in the life of the estate, with the joining up of Burlington House and James Pennethorne’s 19th-century neo-classical building that was constructed in its garden. This link opens up Burlington House as never before, in a breathtaking redevelopment led by Sir David Chipperfield to celebrate our 250th anniversary.