African Aviary



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  • The African (formerly Eastern) Aviary replaced an aviary of 1827-28 by Decimus Burton on the same site. The Victorian building, now largely remodelled, was claimed as the best of its type in the country when it opened. To protect vulnerable birds there was a hot water heated interior with indoor cages viewable from a public passage. The floors of these cages were set close to eye level to make the birds more readily visible. Originally, there were ten outdoor cages on the south side, the two largest at either end. Built 1863-64, Anthony Salvin Junior, architect; Lucas Brothers, builders. Cost £2,688. Remodelled with new outdoor caging and renamed 1989-90, brief from Peter Olney, Curator of Birds; John S Bonnington Partnership, architects; Whitby and Bird, structural engineers; landscaping by Derek Howarth and Ron Whittle, filmset experts. Cost £485,000.

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  • The Buildings of London Zoo

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          Salvin, Anthony, Jnr
          Person · 1827-1881

          Anthony Salvin was an English architect, known mainly for house design in Tudor style and the restoration of a number of castles and churches. He was born in 1827 in Sunderland Bridge, County Durham to General Anthony Salvin Snr, and his second wife Elizabeth Mills. He was educated at Durham School, and for a time he worked under the Scottish architect John Patterson. He first moved to London in 1821 and is said to have worked in the office of John Nash. He was married in 1826 to his cousin Ann Andrews Nesfield with who he had 6 children, including the naturalist Osbert Salvin. He was awarded the royal gold medal from RIBA in 1863. He died in 1881 at his house Hawksfold in Fenhurst, Sussex.