WREN, Christopher
(b. 1632, East Knoyle, d. 1723, London)

Exterior view

begun 1695
Hospital, Greenwich

Wren's last work was the Greenwich Hospital. This complex, a royal endowment, was meant to occupy an extended Charles II building. The accommodation was grouped around several courtyards lying one behind the other on an axis horizontal to the Thames. This sequence copied the pattern of Versailles. A unifying motif was provided by the extended colonnade.