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What is the Bloomsbury Project?

The Leverhulme-funded UCL Bloomsbury Project was established to investigate 19th-century Bloomsbury’s development from swampy rubbish-dump to centre of intellectual life

Led by Professor Rosemary Ashton, with Dr Deborah Colville as Researcher, the Project has traced the origins, Bloomsbury locations, and reforming significance of hundreds of progressive and innovative institutions

Many of the extensive archival resources relating to these institutions have also been identified and examined by the Project, and Bloomsbury’s developing streets and squares have been mapped and described

This website is a gateway to the information gathered and edited by Project members during the Project’s lifetime, 1 October 2007–30 April 2011, with the co-operation of Bloomsbury’s institutions, societies, and local residents

Thomas Leverton Donaldson (1795–1885)

a summary of his Bloomsbury connections

He was born at 8 Bloomsbury Square; his father and uncle were both architects

He was the first Professor of Architecture at a university in England, appointed to the new Chair at University College London in 1842

In the late 1840s he designed both the Library of University College London and the purpose-built University Hall in Gordon Square

Robson’s Directory for 1832 lists a T. L. Donaldson, Architect, at t no. 7 Hart Street

He lived for many years in Bolton Gardens, just off Russell Square

He later lived at 21 Upper Bedford Place, the house where he died in 1885

For more general biographical information about Thomas Leverton Donaldson, see his entry in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

This page last modified 7 April, 2011 by Deborah Colville


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