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The northeast chapel of St. Through a contact made while working at Windsor, he became interested in the design of theatrical scenery, and in obtained a commission to design the sets for the production of the new opera Kenilworth at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He had a further six children, including the architect Edward Welby Pugin , with his second wife, Louisa Burton, who died in Salisbury[ edit ] Following his second marriage in , Pugin moved to Salisbury , Wiltshire , with his wife, [14] and in bought half an acre of land in Alderbury , about one and a half miles outside the town. On this he built a Gothic Revival style house for his family, which he named St.

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The northeast chapel of St. Through a contact made while working at Windsor, he became interested in the design of theatrical scenery, and in obtained a commission to design the sets for the production of the new opera Kenilworth at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He had a further six children, including the architect Edward Welby Pugin , with his second wife, Louisa Burton, who died in Salisbury[ edit ] Following his second marriage in , Pugin moved to Salisbury , Wiltshire , with his wife, [14] and in bought half an acre of land in Alderbury , about one and a half miles outside the town.

On this he built a Gothic Revival style house for his family, which he named St. Dissenters were also unable to serve on parish or city councils, be a member of Parliament, serve in the armed forces or on a jury. A number of reforms across the 19th century relieved these restrictions, one of which was the Roman Catholic Relief Act of , which allowed Roman Catholics to become MPs. In he made the acquaintance of John Talbot, 16th Earl of Shrewsbury , a Catholic sympathetic to his aesthetic theory and who employed him in alterations and additions to his residence of Alton Towers , which subsequently led to many more commissions.

The new churches constructed from these funds, many of them in a Gothic-Revival style due to the assertion that it was the "cheapest" style to use, were often criticised by Pugin and many others for their shoddy design and workmanship and poor liturgical standards relative to an authentic Gothic structure. Each structure was the built expression of a particular view of humanity: Christianity versus Utilitarianism.

But the cumulative rhetorical force was tremendous. He conceived of "Christian architecture" as synonymous with medieval, "Gothic", or "pointed", architecture. In the work, he also wrote that contemporary craftsmen seeking to emulate the style of medieval workmanship should reproduce its methods. Ramsgate[ edit ] In he left Salisbury , [22] having found it an inconvenient base for his growing architectural practice.

He had, however, already purchased a parcel of land at West Cliff, Ramsgate , Thanet in Kent, where he proceeded to build for himself a large house and, at his own expense, a church dedicated to St.

Augustine , after whom he thought himself named. He worked on this church whenever funds permitted it. Pugin also supplied drawings for the entry of James Gillespie Graham. Despite his conversion to the Roman Catholic Church in , Pugin designed and refurbished both Anglican and Catholic churches throughout England. Other works include St. He also designed the collegiate buildings of St. Patrick and St. Mary in St. His original plans included both a chapel and an aula maxima great hall , neither of which were built because of financial constraints.

The college chapel was designed by a follower of Pugin, the Irish architect J. Also in Ireland , Pugin designed St. He revised the plans for St. Michael Church in Ballinasloe , Galway , Ireland. Pugin visited Italy in ; his experience there confirmed his dislike of Renaissance and Baroque architecture, but he found much to admire in the medieval art of northern Italy. For four months he was confined to a private asylum, Kensington House. Jane and a doctor removed Pugin from Bedlam and took him to a private house in Hammersmith where they attempted therapy, and he recovered sufficiently to recognise his wife.

Subsequently, the Prime Minister, Sir Robert Peel , wanted, now that he was premier, to disassociate himself from the controversial John Wilson Croker , who was a founding member of the Athenaeum Club; a close associate of the pre-eminent neoclassical architects James Burton and Decimus Burton ; an advocate of neoclassicism; and a repudiator of the neo-gothic style. Pugin, the foremost expert on the Gothic, had to submit each of his designs through, and thus in the name of, other architects, Gillespie-Graham and Charles Barry, because he had recently openly and fervently converted to Roman Catholicism , as a consequence of which any design submitted in his own name would certainly have been automatically rejected; [28] the design he submitted for improvements to Balliol College, Oxford , in were rejected for this reason.

The design is very close to earlier designs by Pugin, including an unbuilt scheme for Scarisbrick Hall , Lancashire.

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Pugin heeft vele kerken in Engeland ontworpen, en is onder meer verantwoordelijk voor het ontwerp van het interieur van het Palace of Westminster. Familie[ bewerken brontekst bewerken ] The Grange, het huis dat Pugin ontwierp voor zijn familie Augustus Pugin was de zoon van Augustus Charles Pugin , een Fransman die naar Engeland verhuisde tijdens de Franse Revolutie en trouwde met Catherine Welby uit Lincolnshire. In trouwde Pugin met Anne Garnet. Ze stierf een jaar later tijdens de bevalling van een dochter, die overleefde. Daarna trouwde hij met Louisa Burton, met wie hij zes kinderen kreeg. In bouwde Pugin een huis in Ramsgate voor zijn familie.

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It was the book that made his name, and was the first architectural manifesto. Contrasts, as its many critics were quick to point out, had little to say on these subjects. What Pugin offered his readers instead was an entire social programme, one which redefined architecture as a moral force, imbued with political and religious meaning. Men and women had never lived together in such vast numbers before, and as industry developed and drew more workers from the country to the towns, so the mills and factories, warehouses, workhouses and slum terraces spread.

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The book was full of sketches in which Pugin juxtaposed the bland, utilitarian architecture of the 19th century with the intricate splendor of buildings built in medieval Europe. By any honest reckoning Pugin was being unfair. Rather, Pugin ended up launching what became known as the Gothic Revival. A civilization undergoing the most stupendous technological and social transformation since the adoption of agriculture would dress itself up in the form of a religious culture that had passed from the scene centuries before with the Reformation. I feel like we continue to engage in such nostalgic fantasies because a cartoon version of the past is so much easier to wrap our minds around than either the fractal present or the Stretch Armstrong of multiple, incompatible predictions regarding the future.

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