Royal Holloway College

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The University of London is a collegiate university, and this is Royal Holloway, one of the colleges (no relation to Holloway, the famous women’s prison). The college was founded in 1979 by Thomas Holloway, who made his fortune—several million pounds sterling of it—in patent medicines. He was looking for a philanthropic enterprise, and the college, which was originally for women only, was the suggestion of his wife Jane. Royal Hollway merged with the University of London’s Bedford College (also originally a women’s institution) in 1985, 20 years after both colleges began to admit men.

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The architecture was inspired by the sixteenth century Chateau of Chambord in the Loire Valley, and the effect of Renaissance blended with Victoriana is completely over-the-top, but to my surprise, I found myself liking it for its sheer abandon and audacity.

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6 Responses to Royal Holloway College

  1. MLL says:

    A very nice (?) blog (un blog très sympa), I’ll come back 🙂
    And I love the little sentence you’ve written under the title of your blog…that’s so true…on ne fait tous que passer…
    Have a nice day in Washington.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I like your blog. Keep the vacation pics comin’!

  3. Juggerpix says:

    Reminds me of a line from the TV show The West Wing… “Schools should be palaces”. This one is!

  4. Passante says:

    Thank you all for stopping by.

  5. Kate says:

    Great pictures and great architecture; you even color-coordinated three of them! PS. Thank YOU for stopping by!

  6. Marie McC says:

    I absolutely adore this! I love the crown on top of the tower. All the things I love: towers, turrets and lots of decoration. They thought Chambord was over the top, too. This building is like a wedding cake. And look at those blue skies! Seems like we only have such blue skies in DC when it’s freezing-ass cold in February.

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