Plate from the 'Illustrated London News'. The building made to house the International Exhibition was designed by Captain Frances Fowke (1823-1865) and was built by Charles and Thomas Lucas and Sir John Kelk on land purchased in South Kensington from the profits of the Great Exhibition of 1851. The building, which covered 23 acres of land and cost £300,000, was undertaken by Sir John Kelk. This is one of several forges which made up the 'smiths' shop', described admiringly by the ILN as a 'cyclopean barrack'.
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