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Christine Stevenson, Mediane and Magnificence: British Hospital and Asylum Architecture , 1660–1815, Yale University Press, 2000,ISBN 030008536 2.

Christine Stevenson, Mediane and Magnificence: British Hospital and Asylum Architecture ,... Reviews Christine Stevenson, Mediane and Magnificence: British Hospital and ylum Architecture, 1660—1815, Yale University Press, 2ooo,isbno3ooo8c36 2. J. G. Spurzheim, the phrenologist, claimed in 1817 that the new Edinburgh ylum, designed by Robert Reid, had cost so much to build that it could not afford to admit pauper lunatics. The design, with its clsically-inspired central block and linked pavilions echoed that of a country house whilst its proportion, ground floor arcade and central three-bay portico strongly resembled a plainer version of Reid's mterpiece, the elevation of Parliament Square, also in Edinburgh. Spurzheim argued that money spent on architectural ostentation w money that could be better spent on the patients or improved facilities. In doing so, he w contributing to a wider argument about the nature of architectural design in society and the distinction between true architectural magnificence and useless ostentation. Christine Stevenson's interest of the book, Medicine and Magnificence: British Hospital and ylum Architecture, 1660—1815, explores this topic and whilst describing the intrinsic architectural eighteenth century between Edinburgh design of these reflected the cultural beliefs and values of the period. hospitals At the start of the eighteenth century there were only a handful of building types bed primarily http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

Christine Stevenson, Mediane and Magnificence: British Hospital and Asylum Architecture , 1660–1815, Yale University Press, 2000,ISBN 030008536 2.

Architectural Heritage , Volume 12 (1): 88 – Jan 1, 2001

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Reviews Christine Stevenson, Mediane and Magnificence: British Hospital and ylum Architecture, 1660—1815, Yale University Press, 2ooo,isbno3ooo8c36 2. J. G. Spurzheim, the phrenologist, claimed in 1817 that the new Edinburgh ylum, designed by Robert Reid, had cost so much to build that it could not afford to admit pauper lunatics. The design, with its clsically-inspired central block and linked pavilions echoed that of a country house whilst its proportion, ground floor arcade and central three-bay portico strongly resembled a plainer version of Reid's mterpiece, the elevation of Parliament Square, also in Edinburgh. Spurzheim argued that money spent on architectural ostentation w money that could be better spent on the patients or improved facilities. In doing so, he w contributing to a wider argument about the nature of architectural design in society and the distinction between true architectural magnificence and useless ostentation. Christine Stevenson's interest of the book, Medicine and Magnificence: British Hospital and ylum Architecture, 1660—1815, explores this topic and whilst describing the intrinsic architectural eighteenth century between Edinburgh design of these reflected the cultural beliefs and values of the period. hospitals At the start of the eighteenth century there were only a handful of building types bed primarily

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Published: Jan 1, 2001

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