Sunday, May 2, 2010

Assembly rooms, York

A dull view down Blake Street towards St Helen's Square. The building with the columns, right foreground, is the Assembly Rooms (1730-1735), probably the earliest neo-classical construction in Europe.

Originally built for high-class Georgian social gatherings, it is now home to Ask, an Italian restaurant, but remains open for viewing and hosts civic functions five times per year. It was bought by York Conservation Trust in 2002.  For excellent views of the interior, including a 360º tour, see the preceding link or this

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