300 years after his death: the enduring legacy of Sir Christopher Wren

His architecture still defines the London skyline

Commemorations are underway for the 300th anniversary of the death of a man whose church architecture has stood the test of time.

While not a household name on these shores, Sir Christopher Wren, who died at the age of 90, on Feb. 25, 1732, remains a hugely consequential figure across the pond.

Wren was the architect largely responsible for rebuilding London after the Great Fire of 1666 destroyed much of the city and its environs. Among the destruction were 13,200 houses and 87 churches, including St. Paul’s Cathedral.

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