Sr. Cristopher Wren's Plan for Rebuilding the City of London after the dreadfull Conflagration in 1666
Architect: Wren, Christopher
This reduced version of Sir Christopher Wren's plan for rebuilding London after the Great Fire was published by Walter Harrison in 1775 in A New and Universal History, description and survey of the Cities of London and Westminster, the Borough of Southwark.
Wren was a Professor of Astronomy at Oxford with interest in the science of architecture, he was among the first to submit a proposal after the catastrophe. The narrow streets that had helped spread the fires have been replaced by monumental avenues radiating from piazzas. The classical buildings and formal street plans that Wren had studied in Paris and Rome are a clear influence. He also proposed constructing a Thameside quay from Bridewell to the Tower, replacing the ramshackle wooden wharf-side buildings with warehouses. Wren's plan was never used.