TQ1876 : Temperate House

taken 5 years ago, near to Kew, Richmond Upon Thames, Great Britain

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Temperate House
Temperate House
Temperate House, Kew

The Temperate House, opened in 1862, is a Grade I listed showhouse for Kew's largest plants. Rectangular, with pitched roofs, its pillars support wrought-iron ribs. Decimus Burton, the designer, gave the House a mix of decorative motifs, finials, pediments, acanthus leaf capitals, Coade stone urns and statues. According to Greg Redwood, Kew's head of glasshouses, "The effect is similar to the contemporary iron pier pavilions of Eugenius Birch."
It was positioned to be the first feature visitors saw as they entered the gates with the anticipated coming of the first railway station at Kew expected to be at the end of the adjacent avenue. However, Kew Gardens station (London), was built 500 yards to the north - leaving the glasshouse "somewhat stranded in the landscape".
The Temperate House is being renovated and is closed until 2018.

Decimus Burton

Born 30 September 1800, died 14 December 1881 he was an architect and garden designer, particularly associated with projects in the classical style in London parks, including buildings at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and London Zoo. He also designed the layout and architecture of the seaside towns of Fleetwood and St Leonards-on-Sea. He also designed many parts of Royal Tunbridge Wells (Calverley New Town). His first name, Latin for 'tenth', denoted his position as the tenth child in his large family. He retired in the 1860s and is buried in Kensal Green Cemetery.

Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew :: TQ1877

The Gardens were established in 1759. The gardens are responsible for the world's largest collection of living plants. The site houses four Grade I and thirty six Grade II listed buildings. The gardens were designated UNESCO World Heritage status in 2003.
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Thursday, 7 May, 2015   (more nearby)
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Friday, 3 July, 2015
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Park and Public Gardens 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1848 7650 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:28.5039N 0:17.7255W
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1840 7652
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