Lon­don un­der threat

Country Life Every Week - - Country Life 1897–2017 -

THE VIC­TO­RIAN SO­CI­ETY takes up the cause of what Ar­chi­tec­tural Edi­tor Christo­pher Hussey called ‘one of the most grandly pic­turesque ur­ban land­scapes in the world’ and suc­ceeded in gain­ing Grade I-listed sta­tus for it in 1971. ‘The as­tound­ing state­ment that the For­eign Of­fice and Home Of­fice build­ings are to be de­mol­ished and re­placed by mod­ern of­fice blocks il­lus­trates the dis­as­trous re­sult of blind­ness to the great whole… To re­place the cen­tre of this su­perb com­po­si­tion, rep­re­sen­ta­tive of English land­scape ar­chi­tec­ture at its finest at the very heart of Bri­tain, by the kind of of­fice blocks our present ad­min­is­tra­tors are doomed to oc­cupy would con­sti­tute one of the great­est crimes against the na­tion’s her­itage that has yet been per­pe­trated’ (Novem­ber 28, 1963).

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