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The Colosseum, Cambridge Gate, Regent's Park. Designed by Decimus Burton 1824-1827 and demolished in 1857. The topographical artist Thomas Hosmer Shepherd was commissioned to make drawings of John Nash's Regent Street and Regent's Park. Some of his fine and detailed pencil and wash drawings were engraved to illustrate James Elmes' Metropolitan Improvements (1827). They give an excellent impression of the varied scale and character of the new development. The Colosseum, similar in architectural style to the Pantheon in Rome, was a rotunda that housed a gigantic 360-degree panoramic view of London, measuring 24,000 square feet (2230 sq.m) with a dome larger than that of St Paul's. The building stood at the south-eastern corner of Regent's Park. It was demolished in 1875.
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