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1859 in architecture

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1859 in architecture

The year 1859 in architecture involved some significant architectural events and new buildings.



  • September 7 - "Big Ben" in the clock tower of the Palace of Westminster in London completed by Sir Charles Barry to the designs of Augustus Pugin becomes fully operational.
  • October 18 - New chapel at Exeter College, Oxford, designed by George Gilbert Scott, is dedicated.
  • All Saints, Margaret Street, London, designed by William Butterfield, is completed.
  • Red House in Bexleyheath, England designed by Philip Webb and William Morris.
  • The Cooper Union for Advancement of Science and Art in New York City, founded by Peter Cooper is born with the completion of The Foundation Building, designed by Prussian-born architect and civil engineer Fred A. Petersen.
  • Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee, United States, designed by William Strickland, is completed.
  • Third Vermont State House designed by Thomas Silloway, in Montpelier, Vermont, United States, is completed.
  • Needles Lighthouse on The Needles off the Isle of Wight, designed by James Walker, is built.
  • Awards

  • Royal Gold Medal - George Gilbert Scott.
  • Grand Prix de Rome, architecture: Charles Thierry and Louis Boitte.
  • Births

  • March 3 - Konstantīns Pēkšēns, Latvian architect (died 1928)
  • August 7 - Fyodor Schechtel, Russian architect, graphic artist and stage designer (died 1926)
  • September 13 - Anton Rosen, Danish architect, furniture designer and decorative artist (died 1928)
  • November 29 - Cass Gilbert, American architect (died 1934)
  • Deaths

  • September 15 - Isambard Kingdom Brunel, English railway civil and marine engineer and bridge builder (born 1806; stroke)
  • October 12 - Robert Stephenson, English railway civil and mechanical engineer (born 1803)
  • date unknown - William Donthorne, English architect, one of the founders of what becomes the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) (born 1799)
  • References

    1859 in architecture Wikipedia

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