Understanding Georgian & Regency London Houses

Design of the House

Here we see how the house and its details were designed in Georgian and Regency London.

We will look at the house of a famous actor, David Garrick, built in the Adelphi, one of the most fashionable developments in London.

We see a design for a chimneypiece by William Chambers, an architect of the generation before Soane; and another design by Adam, for an ornamental wall at the rear of a yard in a grand London house. 

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David Garrick’s House, Adelphi: Section

David Garrick’s House, Adelphi: Section


Adam Vol. 42/61

This is a section through the same house as the drawing David Garrick’s House, Adelphi: Elevation as if cut through from front to back; it shows the heights of the rooms and the staircase running up the middle. Note the basement is two storeys at the front but the kitchen at the back is double height to make it taller because of the steam, heat and smoke. The servants slept in the smallest attic rooms and worked in the basement - they would have spent a lot of time climbing stairs. You can see how the grandest and tallest rooms are on the first floor.