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The Architecture of William Burgess

Updated: Jun 10

William Burges, (born Dec. 2, 1827, London, Eng.—died April 20, 1881, London), one of England’s most notable Gothic Revival architects.

"William Burges was one of England's most notable Gothic Revival architects. He studied medieval architecture, traveling widely in Europe and Turkey. He designed the Brisbane Cathedral, Australia, in 1859 and St. Finbar's Cathedral in Cork in 1862. In 1865, Burges started an extensive restoration of Cardiff Castle, making many extensions to the existing apartments and directing an elaborate scheme of interior decoration. He later worked on a similar project at nearby Castle Coch. Burges' rebuilding of Cardiff Castle and the complete reconstruction of the ruin of Castle Coch, north of the city, represent his highest achievements." -

Here are a few of Burges's most notable buildings:

St. Fin Barre's Cathedral, Cork, Ireland

"Designed by William Burges and consecrated in 1870, the Cathedral lies on a site where Christian worship has been offered since the seventh century."

The Tower House, London

Built: 1875–81

Burgess built this as a home for himself and is now home to the famous musician, Jimmy Page. Page bought the home in 1972, outbidding another musician, David Bowie.

Cardiff Castle

"In 1866 the 3rd Marquess began a collaboration with the genius architect, William Burges that would transform the Castle. Within gothic towers he created lavish and opulent interiors, rich with murals, stained glass, marble, gilding and elaborate wood carvings. Each room has its own special theme, including Mediterranean gardens and Italian and Arabian decoration. Despite both dying at relatively young ages, much of the work continued and many of their unfinished projects would be completed by the 4th Marquess."

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