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The House

Stowe: The South and North Fronts



Though the photograph immediately below is not my own, I include it on this page because it offers both a good view of the North Front and a view toward Buckingham past the Corinthian Arch and down the Grand Avenue. If one looks closely, the eastern Lake Pavilion and the Temple of Friendship can be glimpsed through the tops of the trees.

An aerial view of the North Front of the House

This view of the House has been adapted from a postcard I purchased from the Stowe School Shop in 1989. The back side indicates no copyright but does list the source as Photo Precision Limited, St. Ives, Huntingdon. Through electronic manipulation, I have removed several distractions, including parked cars, scaffolding on the east pavilion, and two cricket backstops in the foreground.

The South Front of the House has a longer and grander façade, and it affords views from the windows of the State Rooms and from the portico of the Octagon Lake, the Lake Pavilions, and the park beyond the ha ha toward the Corinthian Arch.

A view of the South Front of the House

Although the North Front retains much its original appearance (the central block of the House was built 1677-83), the South Front went through a number of transformations before it reached its present state in 1775. Those interested in a detailed description and history of the House should see Michael Bevington's Stowe: A Guide to the House published by Capability Books in 1990.

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John D. Tatter, Birmingham-Southern College, jtatter@bsc.edu