RIBA Yorkshire

York Assembly Rooms

RIBA Yorkshire 3145-41

Burlington, Richard Boyle, 3rd Earl of (1694-1753)
Copyright: RIBA Library Photographs Collection

York Assembly Rooms are Yorkshire's finest example of Palladian architecture. Designed by Lord Burlington, it was built between 1730 and 1735 to create a fashionable destination for the great and good.

The building, and its architect, features in many sections of Palladio and Britain:


For further information on the York Assembly Rooms see the selected bibliographical references below.

The RIBA Library has a wealth of resources, including books, periodicals, drawings and photographs to discover more about Palladian architecture in Britain.

Selected bibliographical references:

  • Kingsbury, Pamela, Lord Burlington's town architecture, London : RIBA Heinz Gallery, 1995, p. 42-58.
  • Lees-Milne, James, Lord Burlington in Yorkshire, Architectural Review, vol. 98, no. 583, 1945 July, p. 11-18.
  • Sheldon, Oliver, Assembly Rooms, York, Architectural Review, Vol. 98, no. 587, 1945., p. 119-121.
  • Summerson, J. Architecture in Britain, 1530-1830  (London, 1953 and later editions)

  • Wittkower, Rudolf Burlington and his work in York. In: Singleton, William (ed.) Studies in architectural history. London: St Anthony's Press, 1954, pp. 47-66.

RIBAPIX images:

The RIBA's Library's digital database, ribapix, is constantly expanding. Why not use www.ribapix.com to explore York Assembly Rooms.


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York Assembly Rooms

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