Charles Darwin’s Bubble: The Evolution of Down House

Aldemaro Romero, Kristen Nolte


Charles Darwin lived for 40 years, until his death, in the same place: Down House. During that time he reformed and expanded that property according to both his personal and professional needs. This article is aimed to elucidate the relationship between Darwin, his family, and his residence. We conclude that Darwin’s changes to Down House were utilitarian in nature and restricted to the needs of the moment, from and expanding family to his demands for more working space.  In many ways those changes reflected Darwin’s character. Today Down House is a mixture of memorial and museum.


Darwin, poxemics

Full Text: