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The Palm House was the first large-scale greenhouse to be built in Britain and inspired famous later greenhouses like the Crystal Palace by Joseph Paxton. This greenhouse was built to house Kew Gardens' world-class collection of palm trees and it's curving structure measures 362 feet (110m) in length and 63 feet (19m) tall.

The design is one of elegant simplicity but this was not true of the plans for construction. Many people criticized architect Decimus Burton's plan that contain a large number of interior columns. Later, engineer Richard Turner produced new plans which Burton disliked, therefore it is difficult for historians to confirm who was responsible for the design.

The original glass was tinted green to keep out the harmful effects of the sun but the color produced a gloomy interior so the 16,000 panes of glass were switched out for clear glazing. The effect that is achieved when the interior is flooded with sunlight and combined with the tracery shadows of the iron structure create a memorable architectural experience.

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Mellie Reviewed by Mellie    December 13, 2011
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The Palm House

The Palm House has an iconic status as the world's most important surviving Victorian glass and iron structure. This House of Palms was specifically created for the exotic palms collection and to introduce Europe in early Victorian times. It is an elegant design and a perfect merger of function and form.

 
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