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Crystal Palace Exhibition Buildings

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Crystal Palace Exhibition Buildings

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Crystal Palace Exhibition Buildings

Designed by Joseph Paxton, Crystal Palace was built in Hyde Park to house the Great Exhibition of 1851, and is seen as one of the great architectural achievements of the Victorian era.

It was a time when Great Britain was leading the industrial revolution and the enormous iron structure, with its 900,000 square feet of glass, was the symbol of a confident nation. Its 13,000 exhibits told the story of art and technological endeavour across the world, and were visited by more than six million people during the six-month event.

Afterwards, the building was moved to Sydenham Hill in south London, part of a 200-acre park, and the area became known as Crystal Palace. The building remained there from 1854 until 1936, when it was destroyed by fire. Crystal Palace still holds a place in the heart of many Londoners, and the park to which it gave its name has been fiercely defended against development proposals over the last decade.


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Just the two words 'Crystal Palace' conjure up feelings of Victorian romanticism, Englishness and the life of a bygone and more gentle age. The buildings were, when standing, considered as icons in their own right and the eighth wonders of the World.

Melvyn Harrison Photo: Crystal Palace Foundation

The Crystal Palace was not only a landmark monument: It had an idealistic aim: to spread knowledge about the history of art and civilisation. It was the first 'People's Palace' and South Londoners have maintained a genuine affection for and identification with it even after the fire in which it burned down in 1936. There are almost no parallels outside the Ancient World for a ?missing? monument continuing to dominate its area 70 years after its loss and few Victorian monuments can have been associated with such positive, continuing historical, architectural and social significance.
Anne Locke



I think the National Gallery is part of the heritage of England