Royal Pavilion Brighton

The Royal Pavilion grew over 35 years from a simple lodging house to a spectacular oriental palace. George IV had a vision. His confidence in this vision, combined with his extravagant and indulgent ways and indifference to the opinion of others, resulted in the creation of the palace as we see it today.

In 1787 architect Henry Holland extended the original lodging house into a neo-classical building known as the Marine Pavilion.

The transformation of the Marine Pavilion began in 1815 and took seven years to complete.

George chose architect John Nash who proposed an Indian style in response to the design of the new stable block. Nash was also inspired by landscape gardener Humphrey Repton (who had published designs for a new palace based on Indian architectural forms) and based many of his ideas on a publication called Oriental Scenery by Thomas and William Daniell (1795-1808).

Work began on the alterations to the western central front, followed by the construction of the Great Kitchen and the two new state rooms – the Music Room and the Banqueting Room.

The entire building, the structure and the elaborate internal decorations, were completed in 1823.

DBR Southern has been commissioned in 2020 to carry out facade conservation works to the pavilions’ complicated domes, minarets, finials and parapets including redecoration and stonework repairs to the bath stone dressings.

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