In 1792, 1808, and 1823, Soane bought three adjacent properties on the north side of Lincoln's Inn Fields. In each case he had the existing house demolished and a new one erected. The fronts of these buildings ultimately produced the façade of what became known as Sir John Soane's Museum. A study of their design over a period of three decades shows how Soane's approach to the context of the street changed from accepting it as a physical reality to conceiving it as a theoretical ideal. In the process, the investigation also reveals the factors that shaped the different phases of the sequence.

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