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  • Crystal Palace was moved from Hyde Park to south London after the closure of the Great Exhibition in 1851 and enlarged.
  • It was the first prefabricated building in the world. The Natural History Museum contains identical metal frame work developer for Crystal Palace.
  • The building contained 84,000 square metres of glass cladding.
  • The reerection in South London saw two fountains added with jets of water capable of reaching 76m in height driven by 89m tall water towers designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
  • By 1911 the site was in desparate need of repair and purchased by the Earl of Plymoth to save it from property developers.
  • After World War 1 Crystal Palace was used as the first ever Imperial War Museum and regained popularity with weekly firework displays.
  • The building was burned down in 1936 and insurance was inadequate to cover rebuilding costs. As a result the surviving parts were demolished.
  • Only the statues remain, one of which is so large it hosted a Victorian dinner party inside it for 22 guests, and were restored in 2002. Rebuilding is out of the question as a road runs through the site.

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Architect
Joseph Paxton
Developer
Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of all Nations

Reference Data

Reference No.
3798
First Uploaded
19-02-2006
Last Editorial Date
29-05-2015
 

Building Location

Address
Crystal Palace, Sydenham Hill, London. SE26
Council
Bromley
County
London
Region
London
Country
United Kingdom

Building Specification

Status
Demolished
Completion date
1854
Renovation Date
1913
Demolition Date
1936

Roof Height (AGL)
150.92

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