Tuesday, 23 December 2008

New Physical Observatory

New Physical Observatory, Royal Observatory Greenwich c.1899 © NMM

Building works were a constant feature of the Royal Observatory in the 1890s. The largest project was the New Physical Observatory (now known as the South Building). Building was begun in 1890 and continued, with interruptions, until 1899. This building was eventually to house most of the staff, including the Astronomer Royal and Chief Assistant, as well as other offices, much of the library, records, workshops, dark rooms, and an important group of equatorially-mounted telescopes under the central dome. It was designed by William Christie, the Astronomer Royal, and William Crisp, an architect based at the Admiralty's Department of Works.

Rebekah Higgitt

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