Cumberland Terrace, London One of the large-scale works of architect John Nash, Cumberland Terrace was part of a grand development plan of what is now known as Regency London. About Cumberland Terrace Sitting on the eastern side of Regent’s Park in the borough of Camden, Cumberland Terrace is an imposing block of houses – 31 in all – designed by English architect John Nash in a grand neoclassical style. The homes were built by William Blountford Nurse and completed in 1826. They were named for the king’s younger brother, the Duke of Cumberland. This ornate block of buildings is four stories high and is organized into 3 groups, with beautiful triumphal arches linking the groups and leading into small courtyards. The main group has 15 homes with the 5 in the center projecting forward. The ground floor of the 3 middle houses in that group of 5 projects out even further and along with the house on either side forms a stepped platform from which a screen of columns extends up to the second floor. The columns that grace the façade of Cumberland Terrace are Ionic in style. A variety of statuary sits atop the main portion of the terrace. The remaining 16 homes are recessed and feature fluted Ionic pilasters situated between the windows to the first and second floors, rising from a ground-floor platform, not unlike the main group. An attractive wrought-iron balcony runs in front of the first floor windows. The inside of the homes are said to be quite ornate as well, with circular staircases and large bedroom fireplaces, ornate cornices, and much more. Many of the homes are still occupied as single-family residences but some have been converted to flats. The single-family homes cost in the millions of pounds. Regency Architecture The Cumberland Terraces are just one of a number of terraces that were built as part of the 'Metropolitan improvements' that were implemented in what is now known as Regency London, an area that stretches from Regent's Street to Regent's Park. The area is known as such since the development plans were launched by the Prince-Regent (later known as King George VI). John Nash created the master plan for the area and is responsible for many of the buildings including those on Cumberland Terrace. The grand architectural style used for the projects became known as Regency architecture.turkeyarena.com Other Terraces Other, similar terraces were created around the same time Cumberland Terrace was developed. The first series of terraces were built from 1821-1823: York, Cornwall, Sussex and Hanover. Other terraces: the Ulster, Cambridge, Chester, and Gloucester terraces were completed in 1827. The creation of the terraces helped transform London from an industrial city to a grand metropole befitting its position as capital of an empire.