The Queen’s House in Greenwich was started in 1614-17 by James I as a gift to his first wife, Anne of Denmark. An early work of the British architect Inigo Jones, it was completed in a second burst of activity around 1635 for James’s new wife, Henrietta Maria. The building was the first introducion of Palladian architecture to Britain and was considered revolutionary at the time.
The House was used as a royal residence for only a few years, until the Civil War swept away the monarchy in 1642.
The House remained an official building, and was later used to house seamen. The interior was progressively removed and remodelled from the mid-seventeeth century so that little now remains of the original. From 1937 it has been part of the National Maritime Museum. It was renovated again in 1986 and 1999. The House is a Grade I listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument.
For the 2012 Olympic Games in London, a stadium for equestrian events was built in front of the Queen’s House and the House was used to accommodate visiting VIPs. Katie Thornburrow worked with Cambridge Architectural Research on the house in preparation for its use during the Olympics.