20th Century Architects: Stephen Dykes Bower

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Stephen Dykes Bower

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Anthony Symondson
Published by
English Heritage
Publication Date
December 2011
204 pages, 120 illustrations
167 x 234 mm
Architectural History

Stephen Dykes Bower is part of the English Heritage 20th Century Architects Series. Commissioned by English Heritage, RIBA Publishing and the Twentieth Century Society, this series aims to provide a full and engaging examination of some of Britains's most significant post-war architectural practices.

This book by Anthony Symondson is the result of many conversations with Stephen Dykes Bower and people who knew and worked with him. It follows the same author's major study, Sir Ninian Comper (2006), which was one of Waterstone's best-selling architectural books, and it will appeal to lovers of churches and their decoration, and to professionals involved in church design and conservation.

Stephen Dykes Bower (1902-1993) was unique among twentieth century British architects as a sincere practitioner of Gothic design during the post-war period. He rejected modernism and continued traditions from the late Victorian period, with an emphasis on fine detail, craftsmanship and bright colour, creating vibrant interiors in both new and old buildings.

  • First book on Dykes Bower, the 20th century scion of Pugin's Gothic Revival style
  • Fascinating insight into the decorative use of traditional crafts
  • Employs unseen archive material with new colour photography of Dykes Bower's highly decorative and colourful oeuvre
  1. Early life, education and practice before 1945
  2. St Paul's Cathedral and St Vedast's
  3. Westminster Abbey
  4. St Edmundsbury Cathedral
  5. New buildings and major alterations
  6. Restoration: painted decoration and church interiors
  7. The Drawing Office
  8. Conclusion
List of Works
Picture credits

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