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            The Gibbs Range of classical porches is inspired by the designs of the famous Georgian architect James Gibbs
            (1682-1754). Gibbs’s design handbooks about classical architecture were probably the most widely used in the
            eighteenth century cross the Western world.  It is this rich legacy that makes Gibbs’s version of the Classical
            Orders the most appropriate for this new range of porch designs, being equally suitable for both new and
            historic buildings across Great Britain, The United States of America, and around the world.

            The Gibbs range of porches is designed to offer flexibility to architects, builders, and home  owners for
            any situation. A simple matrix shows how the components may be combined to create a  wide variety of
            designs, using the rules, geometry and proportions of classical architecture, to produce beautiful and original
            compositions. The Gibbs Range include both elaborate and more  restrained details so that the character of the
            porch can be finely tuned to each site.

                                                                                                      The Gibbs range is conceived
                                                                                                      around the two oldest and most
                                                                                                      widely used Orders — the Doric
                                                                                                      and Ionic.  Over the centuries,
                                                                                                      generations of Classical
                                                                                                      architects have adapted the
                                                                                                      proportions of these two Orders
                                                                                                      to suit a variety of situations.
                                                                                                      The Gibbs range is rooted in
                                                                                                      this fertile tradition, and offers
                                                                                                      correctly proportioned designs at
                                                                                                      an affordable price.
                                                                                                      James Gibbs was one of the
                                                                                                      first British architects to go to
                                                                                                      Italy.  Whilst studying for the
                                                                                                      priesthood in Rome, he turned to
                                                                                                      architecture in 1704. He became
                                                                                                      a pupil of Carlo Fontana before
                                                                                                      returning to London where,
                                                                                                      with help from Sir Christopher
                                                                                                      Wren, he became one of the two
                                                                                                      surveyors to the Commissioners
                                                                                                      for Building 50 New Churches
                                                                                                      in London in 1713. His masterly
                                                                                                      design of St Mary Le Strand
                                                                                                      in London (1714-24) launched
                                                                                                      his reputation; St Martins in the
                                                                                                      Fields in Trafalgar Square (1722-
                                                                                                      26) became the prototype for
                                                                                                      urban Anglican churches for the
                                                                                                      next century across the UK and

                                                                                                      James Gibbs's prolific portfolio
                                                                                                      of secular buildings included
                                                                                                      Sudbrooke House, Petersham
                                                                                                      (c1717-20), the Senate House,
                                                                                                      Cambridge (1722-30); the
                                                                                                      Fellows Building, Kings College
                                                                                                      Cambridge (1724-49), and the
                                                                                                      Radcliffe Library, Oxford (1737-8).
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