WILKINS, William the Younger
(b. 1778, Norwich, d. 1839, Cambridge)

Exterior view

Downing College, Cambridge

Between 1807 and 1821 Wilkins was engaged on realizing his 1804 design for Downing College, Cambridge. It is an completely unadorned elongated structure stretching alongside extensive lawns, accentuated only by Ionic porticoes at the corners, which follow the model of the Erechtheion on the Acropolis in Athens.

This building belongs to the early period of the Greek Revival movement. The photo shows a view of the north wing, seen from the south.