(b. 1744, Richmond, d. 1829, Chester)
Chester Castle, Cheshire
The greatest effect of the Greek Revival movement was felt in the new public buildings of the fast-growing cities. In this case, monumental temple forms were intended to express dignity and authority in governmental buildings, or learning and intellectual grandeur in cultural institutions.
In 1788, Thomas Harrison began his three-wing design for Chester Castle, which housed not only Cheshire County Hall but also the county court, a prison, and barracks. The grounds are entered via a propylaeum on the Athenian model.