Inigo Jones

The Covent Garden Designer

Today is the birthday of the English architect, Inigo Jones.
Inigo introduced classical Roman architecture and the Italian Renaissance to Britain.
He left his mark on London building designs, such as the classically styled Queen's House for Anne of Denmark. 
Today, gardeners remember that Inigo designed the layout for Covent Garden square ("Cuv-int"). The Duke of Bedford asked Inigo to build a residential square using the Italian piazza for inspiration. The Duke felt he had to include a church, but he told Inigo to put up something simple like a barn. Inigo's famous response was that the Duke would have "the finest barn in Europe." And Covent Garden became an excellent setting for London's farmer's market for over three centuries.

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