When talking about architecture in the neoclassical style great official buildings are always mentioned, such as pantheons (Pantheon of Illustrious Men in Paris), parliaments and seats of government (Capitol in Washington), palaces and aristocratic mansions (Petit Trianon), or ostentatious commemorative monuments (Bradenburg Gate) and even museum buildings (Museo del Prado in Madrid). However, neoclassical architecture during the late 18th century and much of the 19th reached many other areas of construction.
Boodle's Club in London
In this Boodle's Club in London we have a good example, since this is not about anything official, but about the headquarters of the typical British gentlemen's club. A club located in the most aristocratic heart of London's streets and still today one of the most prestigious in all of Great Britain.
The truth is that neoclassical architecture in England, and particularly in its capital, was extremely successful. Do not forget that during this time a building as characteristic of London was built as the British Museum.
But there are also many works by architects such as John Nash or the Adams brothers, Robert and James, who also did other private homes in the center of the city in which elements are usedof ancient art such as columns or tympanums, that is, the most emblematic of neoclassical art.
In the case of Club Boodle's, it is not a work by the Adams, but by an architect closely related to their style, John Crunden, who designed it in 1775 This British architect (c. 1741 – 1835) above all did a lot of furniture and interior design work. And that facet of his professional work is clearly visible in this facade.
And it is that classical elements appear, but also a factor not very common in the architecture of that time. We are talking about the color. In this way you can see classic columns, capitals, triangular pediments and semicircular arches, but for all of this he uses a bichrome between the dark tone of the brick and the white of the stone.
In fact, white is for the base of the building, for its ground floor, but it also appears on the cornices of the upper floors or in the large central glazed bay.
Therefore it is a very interesting example of neoclassical architecture, on the one hand because of the civil and private character of the building, and on the other because of that play of colors that manages to give it rhythm and dynamism to buildings that are generally quite monotonous and uniform.