Palm House

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This magnificent curvilinear glasshouse was constructed during the years 1844-1848 to the designs of the architect Decimus Burton and the engineer Richard Turner. Nikolas Pevsner rated it "One of the boldest pieces of 19th Century functionalism ­ much bolder, indeed, and hence aesthetically more satisfying than the Crystal Palace ever was".

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The Palm House is the focal point of this charming Victorian view which includes Sir William Chambers' Temples of Arethusa and Bellona, Burton's Campanile, which once served as a smokestack for the Palm House, and the distant Pagoda.