SACCHARINE SURVIVORS: WILLIAM PARKER’S ASSEMBLY ROOM CHANDELIERS
By Anastasia Kinigopoulo, WPAMC Class of 2020
By mid-morning, the class warmed up in a cafe housed in the Assembly Rooms in Bath (UK), a building by architect John Wood the Younger which served as a dance hall and gathering place in the late 18th century. Never one to ignore an open door, I found myself drawn away from the admittedly enticing smell of coffee and into the building. I passed through the massive rooms, greeted by soft hues and controlled ornament of restored Neoclassical plasterwork. As much as I enjoyed the moldings, it was the chandeliers, designed by William Parker and Jonathan Collet, that captured my attention.