Montagu House, Bloomsbury

Montagu House was a late 17th-century mansion in Great Russell Street in the Bloomsbury district of London, which became the first home of the British Museum. The first house on the site was destroyed by fire in 1686; the rebuilt house was sold to the British Museum in 1759, demolished in the 1840s to make way for a larger building. The house was built twice, both times for the same man, Ralph Montagu, 1st Duke of Montagu; the late 17th century was Bloomsbury's most fashionable era, Montagu purchased a site, now in the heart of London but which backed onto open fields. His first house was designed by the English architect and scientist Robert Hooke, an architect of moderate ability whose style was influenced by French planning and Dutch detailing, was built between 1675 and 1679. Admired by contemporaries, it had a central block and two service blocks flanking a large courtyard and featured murals by the Italian artist Antonio Verrio; the French painter Jacques Rousseau contributed wall paintings.

In 1686, the house was destroyed by fire. The house was rebuilt to the designs of an otherwise little known Frenchman called Pouget; this Montagu House was by some margin the grandest private residence constructed in London in the last two decades of the 17th century. The main façade was of seventeen bays, with a projecting three bay centre and three bay ends, which abutted the service wings of the first mansion; the house was of two main storeys, plus basement and a prominent mansard roof with a dome over the centre. The planning was in the usual French form of the time, with state apartments leading from a central saloon; the interiors, decorated by French artists, were admired by Horace Walpole and were comparable to the surviving state apartments at Boughton House in Northamptonshire, which were built for the same patron at the same time. In the early 18th century, Bloomsbury began to decline from a fashionable aristocratic district to a more middle-class enclave, the 2nd Duke of Montagu abandoned his father's house to move to Whitehall.

He built himself a more modest residence, replaced with an opulent mansion by his Victorian descendant, Walter Montagu Douglas Scott, 5th Duke of Buccleuch: see Montagu House, Whitehall. Montagu House in Bloomsbury was sold to the Trustees of the British Museum in 1759 and was the home of that institution until it was demolished in the 1840s to make way for larger premises. In fiction, the House appears in Neal Stephenson's The Baroque Cycle as Ravenscar House with Daniel Waterhouse as the architect in place of Hooke. Montagu House, Whitehall Montagu House, Portman Square Montagu House, Blackheath Charles de La Fosse Howard Colvin, A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects David Pearce, London's Mansions


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NCAA Division I-A football win-loss records in the 1990s

The following list shows NCAA Division I-A football programs by winning percentage during the 1990-1999 football seasons. The following list reflects the records according to the NCAA; this list takes into account results modified due to NCAA action, such as vacated victories and forfeits. This list only takes into account games played while in Division I-A. Chart notesMarshall joined I-A in 1997. Penn State had 19 victories vacated by the NCAA during 1999 seasons. Nevada joined I-A in 1992. Idaho joined I-A in 1996. UCF joined I-A in 1996. UAB joined I-A in 1996. Louisiana-Monroe joined I-A in 1994. Louisiana-Monroe went by the name Northeast Louisiana until 1999. Long Beach State dropped their football program after the 1991 season. Louisiana-Lafayette went by the name Southwestern Louisiana until 1999. Pacific dropped their football program after the 1995 season. North Texas joined I-A in 1995. Middle Tennessee joined I-A in 1999. Cal State Fullerton dropped their football program after the 1992 season.

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