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George, Sir Ernest

George, Sir Ernest (1839–1922). English architect. He set up a practice first (1861–71) with Thomas Vaughan (1836–74), then (1876–90) with Harold Ainsworth Peto (1854–1933), and last (1892–1919) with Alfred Bowman Yeates (1867–1944). The firm specialized in expensive domestic architecture, often of brick with terracotta dressings, in a Free style derived from North-European late-Gothic and Renaissance architecture. Good examples include Harrington Gardens and Collingham Gardens, South Kensington (1880–90), and houses on the Cadogan Estate, London, notably in Pont Street, which gave the style the name Pont Street Dutch. Herbert Baker, Lutyens, and Weir Schultz all worked in his prestigious office. Other buildings include Golders Green Crematorium (1901–5—in a Lombardic style), and the Ossington Coffee Palace, Newark, Notts. (1882—a charming building with gables and a variety of Ipswich window).

Bibliography

A. S. Gray (1985);
Hobhouse (ed.) (1986)
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004);

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