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John Foulston

(1772—1842) architect


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(1772–1842). English architect. He established himself in Plymouth, Devon, where he became the leading practitioner. His Royal Hotel, Assembly Rooms, and Theatre (1811–22—demolished) employed much cast and wrought iron in its construction, and was made all the more interesting for the grouping of three buildings into one coherent composition. Most of his work was in the Classical manner of the Regency period, with Greek Orders and detail applied to stucco terraces, but at Ker Street, Devonport, Plymouth, he created an eclectic Picturesque group of buildings, including an Egyptian Revival Library (1823), a Baptist Chapel in the Hindoo style (1824), a Greek Doric Town Hall (1821–3), and a Doric Column (1824). He published The Public Buildings erected in the West of England, as designed by J. Foulston (1838), and was in partnership with George Wightwick from c. 1830.

From A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Architecture.


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