CARR, John
(b. 1723, Wakefield, d. 1807, Horbury)

Biography

English architect. He was a prolific architect, much of his work was in the Palladian style. He is best known for Buxton Crescent and Harewood House, In his day he was considered to be the leading architect in the north of England.

He gained an extensive practice in the north of England, where he erected many fine edifices. Among them are the Town Hall of Newark, Harewood house, Yorkshire, and the mausoleum of Lord Rockingham at Wentworth. Carr decided to remain in Yorkshire rather than move to London because he calculated that there was ample patronage and the wealth to sustain it. No job was too small. His largest work, only partially finished, was the Hospital de Santo António in Oporto, Portugal.

He started an independent career in 1748 and continued until shortly before his death. He was chosen Lord Mayor of York in 1770, and again in 1785.