Folly architecture

In architecture, a folly is a building constructed primarily for decoration, but suggesting through its appearance some other purpose, or of such extravagant appearance that it transcends the range of garden ornaments usually associated with the class of buildings to which it belongs.
18th century English gardens and French landscape gardening often featured mock Roman temples, symbolizing classical virtues. Other 18th century garden follies represented Chinese temples, Egyptian pyramids, ruined abbeys, or Tatar tents, to represent different continents or historical eras.
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Broadway Tower, Worcestershire, England

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The Dunmore Pineapple in Scotland

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Modern reconstruction of the Turkish Tent, a permanent structure at Painshill, Surrey.

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Rushton Triangular Lodge, Northamptonshire, England, built in the late 16th century to symbolize the Holy Trinity.

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Wimpole’s Folly, Cambridgeshire, England, built in the 1700s to resemble Gothic-era ruins.

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The Beacon: One of the remaining follies at Staunton Country Park originally commissioned by George Thomas Staunton and designed by Lewis Vulliamy.

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Casino at Marino, Dublin, Ireland

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Hagley Castle is in the grounds of Hagley Hall. It was built by Sanderson Miller for George, Lord Lyttelton in the middle of the 18th century to look like a small ruined medieval castle.

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Lija Belvedere Tower in Malta

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2 thoughts on “Folly architecture

  1. I suppose in that particular period in history the construction of a folly was a sign to the world that you had more money than you knew what to do with, rather like the supercars of today. Thank you for the article – there are not many follies at my end of England, though the West Country of my youth was littered with them.

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