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Pallant House Gallery

Approx 0.2 miles from the centre of Chichester

Pallant House Gallery is a remarkable hybrid: a Queen Anne townhouse, dating from 1712, and a contemporary wing designed by Long & Kentish architects in association with Colin St John Wilson. Pallant House was the first of its style in Chichester and was regarded as very modern in its day, finished inside and out with very fine craftsmanship. The wing pays tribute to this quality, preserving and emphasising the historic house as an architectural entity.

The original Pallant House was the first of its style in Chichester and was regarded as very modern in its day, finished inside and out with very fine craftsmanship. Externally, Pallant House is, to modern eyes, elegant, restrained and the epitome of Englishness. But in it's time it was the height of modernism. Its style, its materials and its size would have been very new to Chichester in the early eighteenth century. Its Baroque features must have looked positively outlandish to the inhabitants of Chichester at the end of Queen Anne's reign.

The contemporary wing pays tribute to the quality, craftsmanship and outstanding architecture of the original Pallant House, preserving and emphasising the historic house as an architectural entity. The new wing, the design of which also caused controversy, is an acclaimed addition to Pallant House, and has won several architectural and access awards, including an award from the Royal Institute of British Architects.