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Britain’s Brilliant Art and Architecture: A Queen Mary 2 Voyage

Program Number: 21283RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/12/2014 - 6/24/2014; 6/2/2015 - 6/14/2015;
Duration: 12 nights
Location: England/United States
Price starting at: $3,799.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises; Independent City Discoveries
Meals: 33; 12 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Join Dr. Steven Parissien, director of the award-winning Compton Verney museum, visiting fellow at the University of Oxford, author and television contributor, for a voyage into the history and grandeur of England’s architecture and art. Delve into fascinating topics during your crossing on the magnificent Queen Mary 2 then spend four nights in Oxford to experience country manors, eccentric royal residences, outstanding museums and the architecture of the “City of Dreaming Spires.”




Activity Particulars

Walking and standing for up to three hours at a time. Some stairs in historic buildings.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

New York City, 1 night; aboard Queen Mary 2, 7 nights; Oxford (England), 4 nights.



Days 1-2: Arrival New York City / embark Queen Mary 2:

Begin your exploration of English art at the world-renowned Frick Collection, housed in a sumptuous Fifth Avenue mansion. Lodging: Stylish Midtown hotel.



Days 3-8: At Sea:

As you make your transatlantic crossing, Dr. Parissien teaches you about British art and architecture in lively presentations. Topics include English Baroque and Georgian architecture and the Victorian decorative arts; the “golden age” of British painting and what it said about English society; and the influence of art-patronizing monarchs like George IV and Victoria and Albert. While the ship moves toward England, delight in opulent surroundings, fine dining and world-class service and take advantage of myriad onboard enrichment activities.



Days 9-12: Southampton (England) / disembark / coach to Oxford:

Once on British soil, journey to one of the most outrageous residences ever built: George IV’s Royal Pavilion in Brighton. Examine Georgian and Victorian treasures at Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum. Venture to Compton Verney, a Georgian country mansion housing a national art gallery, and Upton Hous,one of the finest private art collections in England. Discover the architecture of Oxford, spanning many periods and styles, on walking excursions. In the evenings, stroll along the Thames and experience some of Oxford’s venerable pubs. Lodging: Four-star hotel set amid tranquil parkland.



Day 13: Coach to London for departure


Queen Mary 2

At 1,132 feet long and 131 feet wide and cruising at 28.5 knots, the Queen Mary 2 can carry 2,592 passengers. Public areas linked by elevators include restaurants, bars, library, theater, casino, gym, pool and more. Dining in the Britannia Restaurant.



Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Steve Parissien

Dr Steven Parissien became Director of Compton Verney in 2009. He has written and broadcast extensively on architectural and cultural history and has held posts at Kellogg College, University of Oxford, Sotheby’s Institute, the Georgian Group, English Heritage and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London. He was Director of Education at The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment before joining Compton Verney. His nine books to date include "Adam Style," "The Book of the Georgian House" and" Interiors: The Home Since 1700."
 
Meals and Lodgings
   New York Marriott Downtown
  New York City, USA 1 night
   Queen Mary II.
  At Sea, USA 7 nights
   Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel
  Oxford, UK:England 4 nights
 New York Marriott Downtown
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The only Marriott hotel centrally located in Lower Manhattan, New York City's Financial District, and within walking distance to Wall Street and NYSE.
  Contact info: 85 West Street at Albany Street
New York, NY 10006 USA
phone: 121-238-5490 x0
web: www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/nycws-new-york-marriott-downtown/
  Room amenities: This hotel near Wall Street features 497 newly renovated guest rooms, including 7 suites. Hotel rooms offer the new Revive bed, 300 thread-count linens, down comforters and marble bathrooms. Some guest rooms offer views of the Statue of Liberty, New York City Harbor, or Wall Street. This downtown Manhattan hotel near Wall Street offers a state-of-the-art hotel fitness center. High-tech amenities include high-speed internet access and flat-screen TVs in all guest rooms.
  Facility amenities: All public areas non-smoking, Beauty shop nearby (referral at front desk), Cash machine/ATM, Coffee/tea in-room, Concierge Lounge Hours, Concierge desk, Evening turndown service, Florist, Foreign exchange, Gift/newsstand, Housekeeping service daily, Local restaurant dinner delivery, Newspaper delivered to room on request, Newspaper in lobby, Phone calls: toll-free, Room service, 6:00 AM-12:00 AM, Safe deposit boxes, front desk, Valet dry-cleaning, Virtual Concierge Available
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBA TBD. Write to Adventures Afloat at Road Scholar in Boston or email afloatops@roadscholar.org
  Check in time: 4:00 PM

 Queen Mary II.
Type: Cruise Ship
  Ship Information: Having made her debut in January of 2004, the stylish and grand 12-deck, transatlantic liner Queen Mary 2, built by Cunard and under British Registry, represents the pinnacle of maritime achievement. At 1,132' long and 131' wide (150,000 tons) and cruising at 28.5 knots she can carry 3,090 passengers (). Group dining in the Britannia Restaurant at 6:00pm.
  Contact info: N/A.
N/A.
New York, NY 00000 USA
phone: 800-576-1172
web: www.cunard.co.uk
  Room amenities: Direct-Dial telephone & data port outlet. Refrigerator, safe, hair dryer . Interactive TV with multi-language film and music channels. 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets. Mini-refrigerator, bathrobe and slippers, 24-hour room service.
  Facility amenities: Public areas linked by elevators include restaurants, bars, library, lounges, theater, casino, spa club, gym, sun decks and pool.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Nestling in 40 acres of magnificent Thames-side parkland, which is home to a horse sanctuary, the hotel has a truly idyllic setting.The historic heart of Oxford is less than half a mile away with a short riverside walk to Oxford’s colleges, museums, shops and theatres.
  Contact info: Abingdon Road.
Oxford.,  OX1 4PS UK:England
phone: +44 1865 324324
web: www.four-pillars.co.uk/Spires/home.html
  Room amenities: There are 115 bedrooms and suites that include complimentary hospitality trays, trouser presses, hairdryers, iron and ironing boards, safes, digital television and communications technology. Some rooms have balconies.
  Facility amenities: Built in Cotswold stone, the Oxford Spires blends seamlessly into its historic setting and is decorated and furnished in a classically elegant style. The Spires facilities include a swimming pool, fully equipped gym, sauna, steam room, spa bath, and beauty therapy room. Restaurants and bars.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: TBC. For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
After independent arrivals, the programme begins with a welcome meeting and introduction by Dr Steven Parissien in the hotel, commencing at 6:00pm followed by dinner and 1 glass of wine. You will be staying at New York Marriott Downtown that night.
  End of Program:
The programme ends after breakfast on departure day. Breakfast ends at 10:00am and check out is by 11:00am. You will be staying at Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. **PLEASE NOTE: Cunard requires that you register online in order to receive your E-ticket(s) and cruise documents. You should do this when you receive your final program materials about 5 weeks prior to departure, your booking number and cabin assignment will be included with these materials. Please go to www.cunard.com to register. Click on Already Booked, then click on Voyage Personaliser on the left-hand side, scroll down a little and click on Visit Voyage Personaliser (in red font). That will open a new window where you can enter your first and last name and booking reference number to sign in. Once you have completed your online registration, you will be able to view and print all of your cruise documents. **You must print your own Queen Mary II Luggage Tags, they are required by the ship porters so your bags can make their way safely to your ship cabin.**
  Parking availability:
N/A.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Trains and buses frequent in New York and London.
To Start of Program
  Location:  New York City
  Nearest airport:  JFK, Newark, LaGuardia
  Transportation to site: No arrival transfers to this site are provided by Road Scholar and so you will need to make your own arrangements on arrival. The first night of this programme is spent at the Downtown Marriott New York. No transfers to this site are provided by Road Scholar and so you will need to make your own arrangements on arrival. Taxis are generally available and reliable. Taxi from JFK is approximately $55 (22 mi); from La Guardia is $42 (13.5 mi); from Newark EWR $45 (11 mi).
  From End of Program
  Location:  Oxford
  Nearest city or town:  Oxford
  Nearest airport:  London Heathrow
  Transportation from site: The Oxford Tube (a bus) is a convenient way of travelling from Oxford's Gloucester Green Bus Station to Grosvenor Gardens adjacent to Victoria Station in London. Buses run every 10-15 minutes and take about 2 hours depending on traffic. The single cost is GBP14. From there take a taxi. Trains from Oxford to Paddington. Take the Heathrow Express train from Paddington to Heathrow. Every 15 minutes cost GBP15 one way.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1:
(Thursday, June 12)
   
 Afternoon: After check, in settle in before a welcome meeting, introduction by Dr Steven Parissien in the hotel at 6:00pm.
 Dinner: In the hotel
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: New York Marriott Downtown
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: The Frick Collection
(Friday, June 13)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel. You will receive a voucher for this on arrival.
 Morning: We will begin our explorations of British art and architecture by investigating the world-class collection of British pictures at one of the world’s most impressive private galleries – housed in a sumptuous Fifth Avenue mansion built in 1913-14 by the industrialist Henry Clay Frick. View British Art by Turner, Constable and Gainsborough.
 Lunch: You may take a late lunch on board the Queen Mary II. The coach departs the hotel at 1:00pm for a 2:00pm embarkation.
 Afternoon: After the safety drill, familiarise the many facilities of the ship. Enjoy a variety of shipboard-enrichment activities during each of the next six afternoons and evenings as you sail to London and your theatrical learning adventure. Experience the Cunard Insights guest lecture series, which explores historical and contemporary issues presented by speakers including explorers, academics, former ambassadors and politicians, historians and scientists, novelists, biographers and award-winning actors and film makers. If you are an avid reader, take advantage of the Book Club and literary discussions with librarians, or choose from a wide range of classes such as watercolors, computer lessons, wine tasting, ballroom dancing and more, or enjoy bridge and board games. On deck, games and more active entertainment are available. You can exercise in the fitness center, walk around the Promenade Deck, swim in one of the pools, play tennis, or take exercise classes such as yoga and Pilates. In the Royal Court Theatre, enjoy singers and dancers in stage shows. There are movies in the cinema, and the bars and lounges throughout the ship feature pianists, jazz bands and string quartets. Hear the Julliard School jazz series and take part in the Royal Night Theme Balls. Polish your acting skills with one-hour workshops with actors who spent three years at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Or simply take Afternoon Tea and enjoy the Maritime Quest exhibition throughout the ship
 Dinner: Taken in the Britannia Restaurant at 6:00pm. Delicious menus designed by Cunard’s Global Culinary Ambassador, Jean-Marie Zimmermann await you in Britannia and Britannia Club Restaurants. Make a dramatic entrance down the grand staircase into the elegant Britannia two tier dining room and revel in the sumptuous menus and perfectly attentive service.
 Evening: At leisure. See a show tonight in the ballroom, or relax and watch a movie in the theatre, or perhaps wander to one of the bars for a beverage and chat. Or wander through the stacks of the library, one of the best shipboard libraries available, find a book and that perfect reading chair.
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Insights into the "Georgian Revolution".
(Saturday, June 14)
   
 Breakfast: Taken on board ship in the Britannia or more casually in King's Court.
 Morning: Dr Steven Parissien, your course director and a leading authority on the Georgian period begins his insights on British art and architecture with an illustrated lecture on Baroque Britian and the Georgian Revolution. We examine the astonishing range of architectural inventiveness in the late Stuart Britain of 1660-1714 – whose creations which range from Oxford’s Sheldonian Theatre to London’s St Paul’s Cathedral – and revisit at the early Georgian period to find not as, as is often thought, a era of undisturbed gentility, but a time of revolutionary ideas, social unrest and excessive gin drinking, all of which are reflected in the art of Britain’s first great native painter, William Hogarth.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a variety of shipboard-enrichment activities. Consider taking a class such as watercolor painting or ballroom dancing, enjoying one of the ship's swimming pools, and more.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Enjoy a variety of shipboard-enrichment activities, including many kinds of evening entertainment featuring dancing, music and more.
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: The Golden Age of British Painting.
(Sunday, June 15)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Dr Parissien lectures on Neoclassicism and the Golden Age of British Painting. The advent of Neoclassicism in the 1760s provides Britons with an appropriately grand and aspirational idiom in which to express their increasing wealth and self-confidence. Meanwhile, Reynolds, Gainsborough, Romney and Ramsay become the first British painters whose undoubted genius is recognised across Europe.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Enjoy an exceptional array of shipboard-enrichment activities. Welcome cocktail party.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Free for leisure activities.
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: The King George IV and the Arts.
(Monday, June 16)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Dr Steven Parissien lectures on the fascinating figure of George IV, images of the King and the Arts. The colour, fun and eclecticism of the Regency period of c.1783-1830 is epitomised and inspired by the larger-than-life figure of the Prince Regent, later King George IV. British art and architecture reach triumphal heights of innovation never yet seen before; meanwhile, however, George himself deteriorates into a soap-opera figure of fun.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a variety of shipboard-enrichment activities, perhaps excercising your mind playing bridge with new friends or trying out a board game, then exercising your body in the QM2's fitness center. You activity choices are plentiful.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Explore the worlds of the Gothic and Victorian Interiors.
(Tuesday, June 17)
   
 Breakfast: Onboard ship.
 Morning: Join Steve Parissien with the Gothic Revival and Victorian Interiors. The Gothic Revival of the 1830s and 40s, and the simultaneously advent of Pre-Raphaelitism in art, changes the way in which the Victorians look at the world. In art and architecture, however, artists struggle with reconciling the benefits of mass-production to the process of artistic creation – with the result that influential critics like Ruskin and Morris begin to wish away the industrial revolution.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Victoria and Albert. Victorian pubs.
(Wednesday, June 18)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Learn about the cultural importance of Victoria and Albert. Discover the significance of Victorian pubs and beer. The role of the monarchy in the Victorian art world: from patrons of Winterhalter and Landseer to the creators of the Great Exhibition and the Albert Memorial. At the other end of the social spectrum, there is an explosion in the provision of pubs – and a corresponding growth in artists’ fascination with everyday life and experiences.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Shipboard activities.
 Dinner: On board ship.
 Evening: Relax on the deck enjoying the camaraderie of new friends. Or choose one of the many kinds of nightly entertainment found on this elegant ship. You will never find yourself without plenty of nightly options.
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: The Age of Steam.
(Thursday, June 19)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: Dr Steven Parissien explores Cathedrals of the Steam Age and Imperial Architecture. The greatest triumphs of 19th century architecture are, arguably, the great railway stations – the cathedrals of the industrial age. This session looks at the great termini of Britain, from Euston to St Pancras, and at the great imperial creations of the Victorian era.
 Lunch: On board ship.
 Afternoon: Shipboard activities. You may choose to enjoy a yoga or Pilates class with one of the QM2's expert fitness instructors, or improve your skills in a computer class or one of many other class offerings. Choose from the plentiful shipboard activities offered on this grand ship
 Dinner: Farewell dinner on the Queen Mary II.
 Evening: Mingle with your new friends in anticipation of docking in England for the next part of your learning adventure.
   
Accommodations: Queen Mary II.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Disembarkation. Basildon Park.
(Friday, June 20)
   
 Breakfast: On board ship.
 Morning: The Queen Mary II docks in Southampton at approximately 8:30am. Disembark and transfer by coach to Oxford via the National Trust's Basildon Park, Georgian mansion set in parkland, a major location in the filming of Downton Abbey. Despite its years of neglect, when Lady Iliffe saw Basildon Park in the 1950s she fell in love with it. She and her husband lovingly restored every inch of the house, replacing door handles, plasterwork, fire places and every pane of glass. When you see the beautiful interiors today, it is hard to imagine the house was ever unloved.
 Lunch: Taken out in the Miller of Mansfield pub in Goring.
 Afternoon: The transfer continues. Estimated arrival in Oxford at 5:00pm. Check in and relax before dinner.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure. You may wish to explore the hotel's acres of landscaped grounds which lead down to the Thames and have interesting riverside walks.
   
Accommodations: Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Ashmolean Museum.
(Saturday, June 21)

Note: Walking up to three hours on paved streets. Rest stops available.



   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: Today we explore the amazing Georgian and Victorian treasures at the Ashmolean, Oxford University’s repository of the arts and the world’s oldest museum, and look at how the city’s architecture developed in the 18th century, from the colleges of the university to the terraces of the poor.
 Lunch: Taken out in Oxford's city centre.
 Afternoon: Continue with a Georgian walk to John Street, the Clarendon Building, Radcliffe Camera, All Souls College and Queen’s College.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Evening walk: Oxford's Historic Pubs. An optional walk of Oxford’s venerable pubs, from the ancient Turf Tavern and the 17th century King’s Arms to the Inklings’ haunt of the Eagle and Child and Thomas Hardy’s Lamb and Flag
   
Accommodations: Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Compton Verney and Blenheim Palace.
(Sunday, June 22)
   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: We visit Compton Verney, a former Georgian mansion-turned-national art gallery set in 120 acres of landscaping of the 1770s, and, as a deliberate contrast, the magisterial pile of Blenheim Palace, built after 1705 as a vast tribute to the Duke of Marlborough, the greatest general of the Baroque era.
 Lunch: Taken in Compton Verney.
 Afternoon: Continue on to Sir Winston Churchill's birthplace, Blenheim Palace.
 Dinner: Excluded.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12: Keble College and Victorian Oxford.
(Monday, June 23)

Note: Walking up to three hours.



   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel.
 Morning: We conclude the programme, appropriately, with an exploration of the stone and brick delights of Victorian Oxford, from Butterfield’s Keble College to Park Town and Polstead Road – remarkable buildings from an era when, briefly, Oxford led the world in architectural innovation. In choosing William Butterfield (1814-1900) as their architect the founders were opting for a man with a proven track record as an exponent of the Gothic style (notably through his work at All Saints St Margaret Street, 1849) as well as High Anglican principles. Butterfield’s choice of brick was not just for reasons of economy, but also owed something to ideological and aesthetic principles. Butterfield himself claimed that he ‘had a mission to give dignity to brick’; the leading Anglo-Catholic Dr Pusey saw the College as a ‘broadside of Christianity against the [University] Museum’ across the road. In the buildings at Keble Butterfield displayed his characteristic penchant for polychromatic brickwork.
 Lunch: Excluded.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner in the hotel.
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Oxford Spires Four Pillars Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13:
(Tuesday, June 24)
   
 Breakfast: Full English breakfast in the hotel. Some departures may leave before breakfast.
 Morning: Transfers from Oxford to London Heathrow.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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Suggested Reading List


The Georgian House


Author: Steve Parissien


Description: In the first part of the book Steven Parissien describes the development of the Georgian style in Britain from its introduction in the early eighteenth century through to the mid-nineteenth century and explains how the original inhabitants would have used the various rooms. In the second part he devotes a chapter to each element of the Georgian house, including roofs, brickwork and stonework, doors and windows, staircase and fireplaces, mouldings and plasterwork. Throughout the book he stresses the need for todays owners to understand the ideas, techniques and materials employed by those who built their homes. The book has been written with the owner, or would-be owner, of a modest family house or Georgian cottage primarily in mind. Though due attention is given to the great houses of the period, and especially to their role in setting new trends, the main emphasis is on the modest domestic architecture at which the Georgians excelled. With its wealth of practical advice on the preservation and restoration of both structure and dcor, as well as an invaluable guide to specialist suppliers and sources of further information, this book is an indispensable resource for lovers of Georgian architecture. Steven Parissien is former Education Secretary of the Georgian Group, the body formed to save Georgian buildings and townscapes from destruction or disfigurement.



George IV


Author: Steven Parissien


Description: In this biography, Steven Parissien aims to present George IV against the cultural background of his age, showing how his behaviour affected the contemporary view of both the monarch and the monarchy, and how his energies and ambitions focused upon the artistic, architectural and social splendour with which many now associate him. --This text refers to an out of print



Regency Style


Author: Steven Parissien


Description: The Regency period (1780-1837) saw the development of what is today one of the most popular styles in architecture and design. It combined influences of the antique, the exotic and the technological innovations of the day, to produce a style which was electic, but quintessentially British. This book provides a survey of the Regency house, from architectural shell to the smallest details of doors, furniture and wallpapers. It looks at the great houses that represented the apogee of the style, as well as middle-class town houses in Britain and America, creating a book which would be helpful to those involved in renovation and decor.



Adam Style


Author: Steven Parissien


Description: In the mid-Georgian era, between 1750 and 1785, a form of domestic neo-classicism arose that came to be named after the outstanding architect of the period, Robert Adam. This book contains examples of that style, and shows the ways in which they were designed and decorated. --This text refers to an out of print



Palladian Style


Author: Steven Parissien


Description: This text explores the appearance of the style in the design of Palladian villas in early Georgian England, such as Marble Hill and Stourhead, and in 18th-century America. The book follows the style as it spread to the average home through pattern-books written by Gibbs, Robert Morris and their prolific successors, Batty Langley and the Halfpenny brothers. Focusing on the typical Palladian style house between 1715 and 1755, the book explains how to recognise the key motifs fo the style. It examines the origins, forms and development of the style through building materials, fixtures and fittings, and period colours and coverings, presenting the reader with a full picture of the architecture, furnishings and decor of the period.



Station to Station


Author: Steven Parissien


Description: This text is a celebration of the life and architecture of the railway station and its evolution. It provides an informative account of the social and political context of stations over the last 150 years, and examines the background of some of the world's major stations. Railway stations have always held a special place in the public's affection. The lure of the great railway terminus has been especially strong, with the grandeur of the architecture fused with the prospects for adventure, escape or challenge promised by far-flung destinations. The many stations featured in this book cover a wide spectrum of architectural styles and developments and important historic events, from the early provincial and colonial railways, the Victorian Gothic of London's St Pancras and the Beaux-Arts splendour of Grand Central Station in New York, to the modern structural feats of Nicholas Grimshaw's Waterloo International Terminal and Santiago Calatrava's Lyon Satolas. Other stations from all over the world include the Union Stations in St Louis, Washington, DC, Chicago and Toronto; Pennsylvania Station, New York; Helsinki, Finland; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Howrah Station, Calcutta and more.



The Georgian House in Britain and America


Author: Steven Parissien


Description: The Georgian house - whether on a Georgetown street or in a leafy suburb- is considered among the most desireable and comfortable of homes. The Georgian style has stood the test of time, and continues to be popular today. Houses built over two hundred years ago still stand as proud and dignified as when they were first erected. The book describes the development of the Georgian style, beginning with its intro in the early 18th century up to the mid 19th century. Chapters are also devoted to each element of the house to help understand the ideas, techniques, and materials employed by the original builders. The most complete study of the historical development and importance of the Georgian style, this book is also a practical guide to preserving and restoring a Georgian house.





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