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Phil  •  Link

The building of Pepys' time was replaced by the current building in 1776-86, "desgined, mostly for Government offices, by Sir William Chambers." (Latham & Matthews, Companion)

Andrea  •  Link

Old Somerset House
Building began in 1547 and it was one of the great mid- Tudor buildings. Queen Elizabeth stayed here and during the reign of James I it was given to his wife Anne of Denmark. She commissioned Salomon de Caus (a fantastic engineer & garden designer) in 1609 to build a huge grotto / fountain called Mount Parnassus for the garden. It was a huge pile of rock (10m high & set in a 80ft diameter basin).

Here is an image of the house

Wim van der Meij  •  Link

Somerset House was greatly improved for Henrietta Maria. The river front was built by Inigo Jones.

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