Sir Banister Flight Fletcher
(15 February 1866, London
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– 17 August 1953, London) was an English
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and architectural historian, as was his father, also named Banister Fletcher
Banister Fletcher was an English architect and surveyor and Liberal politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1885 to 1886.-Career:...
With his father, he co-authored the first edition of A History of Architecture
[A History of Architecture on the Comparative Method. London: Athlone Press, University of London, 1896- [issued serially], first single-volume edition, London: B.T. Batsford and New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1896]. The twentieth edition is also the centenary edition, issued in 1996. (ISBN 0-7506-2267-9)
- "A thundering classic appears again with useful additions. As Sir Banister Fletcher said, 'The study of architecture opens up the enjoyment of buildings with an appreciation of their purpose, meaning, and charm.' These words aptly summarise what this book has become for generations of students and architects. No serious fan of architecture should be without it."
American Institute of Architects.
- "..the whole point of Banister Fletcher is that it does cram everything into a single volume. It will remain one of the most thumbed tomes in Building Design's office library...above all, gloriously and frustratingly, invaluable."
Building Design, October 1996
He was architect of the Gillette factory
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on the Great West Road
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, in Brentford
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, of the Great Hall at King's College School
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, and of Abbess Grange
Abbess Grange is a neo-Elizabethan house at Leckford, Hampshire, England designed by Sir Banister Fletcher, a British architect, in 1901 for George Miles Bailey, on the site of a former grange of St. Mary's Abbey, Winchester...
, Leckford, Hampshire
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He was elected president of the Royal Institute of British Architects
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(RIBA) in 1929 (until 1931).
- Fletcher, Banister; Cruickshank, Dan, Sir Banister Fletcher's a History of Architecture, Architectural Press, 20th edition, 1996. ISBN 0750622679
- Fletcher, Banister; Fletcher, Banister Flight, A History of Architecture on the Comparative Method for Students, Craftsmen & Amateur, London : B.T. Batsford, Ltd.; new York : Charles Scribner's and Sons, 1901
- Fletcher, Banister, Recent development of early renaissance in England, London : C.W. Sweet, 1894
- McKean, John (2009) "Sir Banister Fletcher: Pillar to Post-Colonial Readings", The Journal of Architecture, 11 (2). pp. 187-204. ISSN 14664410