Sublime Structures at Crystal Palace Park Resources

Sublime Structures Research Articles

Read fascinating architecture research articles about Crystal Palace Park's Sublime Structures. The articles have been painstakingly researched and written by our wonderful team of volunteers.

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Portrait of Joseph Paxton circa 1850

Joseph Paxton: Designer of the Crystal Palace and creator of Crystal Palace ParkSublime Structures - Joseph Paxton PDFKathryn Jones
Crystal Palace TV Transmitter

Crystal Palace is the most important transmitter in the UK. Opened by the BBC in 1956, it replaced the Alexandra Palace mast in north London.

The transmitter has become a much-loved local and London landmark, jokingly known as the “Eiffel Tower of South London”.
Sublime Structures_ Crystal Palace TV Transmitter PDFKathryn Jones
Crystal Palace Geological Illustrations

The Crystal Palace Park gardens included a prehistoric ‘swamp’ complete with models of Extinct Animals - the Crystal Palace Dinosaurs.

The swamp consisted of a 'tidal' lake, three geological islands and artificial cliffs. Paxton's iron bridge provides a platform to view the geological landscape.
Crystal Palace Geological Illustrations PDFJan Goode
The Croydon Canal

The Lord Mayor of London opened the Croydon Canal in 1809 as part of the Grand Surrey Canal. It was to join the Thames at New Cross from West Croydon via Forest Hill, Penge and Anerley through the Great North Wood.
The Croydon Canal PDFPatricia McLean
The Crystal Palace's glass

Chance Brothers was one of only two glass manufacturers in England with the capacity to produce the quantity and quality of glass that Joseph Paxton required for the Crystal Palace.
Glazing the Crystal Palace PDFTom Chance