Voysey, Charles Francis Annesley

Voysey, Charles Francis Annesley, 1857–1941, English decorator and architect. He was the first modern English architect to design houses almost free of stylistic reminiscences. He also incorporated truly original features in fenestration and semiopen planning. In 1898, Voysey designed what is considered to be his finest work, Broadleys, on Lake Windermere. Horizontality is emphasized by the low-pitched roof; a vertical counterpoint is established by three groups of rounded bay windows; and the main hall rises through two stories. Voysey's designs influenced architects in Europe and America.

See study by W. Hitchmough (1995).

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