Stowe House is a Grade I listed country house near Stowe, in Buckinghamshire. The house was designed by William Cleare and built in the Neo classical Baroque style in the 1680’s for the Temple family.
Various modifications and additions were completed to the house and gardens throughout the 18th century by some prominent figures of the period. First by Vanbrugh until his death, James Gibbs, William Kent, Charles Bridgeman, John Michael Rysbrack, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, Sir John Soane, and Thomas Pitt (assisted by Giovanni Battista Borra), who adapted various Robert Adam designs. The state apartments and some final modifications are attributed to Vincenzo Valdre. As Stowe evolved it became widely renowned for its magnificent gardens, park land, temples and monuments that celebrate the ‘Age of Enlightenment’.
Pair of entrance lodges at the southern entrance of the Grand Avenue, built circa 1805 in the English Baroque style. Probably designed by Vincenzo Valdre constructed of coursed square limestone with ashlar and Coade stone dressings. Sloping copper roof concealed by stone balustrade with bracketed cornice and squared pedestals surmounted by circular pots. 6 panel door with stone hood on curved brackets with 3×4 vertical sliding sash windows either side. Recessed decorative relief panels above openings with stylized foliage. Giant corner pilasters and plinth to all elevations.