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Summary Article: Shaw, (Richard) Norman (1831–1912) from The Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia with Atlas and Weather Guide

English architect, born in Edinburgh. He was the leader of the trend away from Gothic and Tudor styles back to Georgian designs. In partnership with W E Nesfield (1835–1888), he began working in the Arts and Crafts tradition, designing simple country houses using local materials, in a style known as Old English. The two then went on to develop the Queen Anne style, inspired by 17th-century Dutch domestic architecture of which Shaw's design for Swan House, Chelsea, London, (1876) is a fine example. Shaw's later style was imperial baroque, as in the Piccadilly Hotel (1905).

Shaw's family moved from Edinburgh to London in 1845, where he entered the office of William Burn and studied in the Royal Academy Schools, winning the Gold Medal and Travelling Studentship in 1854. After travelling abroad, he became assistant in 1858 to George Edmund Street, and began his partnership with Nesfield in 1862; their association lasted until 1868. Shaw then created an immense practice, which included many country mansions, such as Cragside, Northumberland; Adcote, Salop; Bryanston, Dorset; town-houses such as Lowther Lodge, Kensington (1873), and 180 and 196 Queen's Gate, London; churches at Bedford Park and Ilkley; Albert Hall Mansions, the first large block of flats in London (1879); the Gaiety Theatre; and Scotland Yard (1888).

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