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Battle of the styles : society, culture and the design of the new Foreign Office, 1855-1861

Author: Bernard Porter
Publisher: London : Continuum International Pub. Group, 2011.
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The present-day Foreign Office in Whitehall is an imposing building whose genesis is bizarre. In 1857 a competition was held to pick an architect, which provoked a huge row between the rival 'Classical' and 'Gothic' schools, which a 'Goth' (George Gilbert Scott) won - but was then forced to re-design in Classical. The circumstances surrounding this fiasco furnish the starting-point for this book; which then goes on  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: George Gilbert Scott; George Gilbert (Architekt Scott
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bernard Porter
ISBN: 9781441167392 1441167390
OCLC Number: 648934386
Description: xviii, 234 pages, [6] leaves of plates : illustrations, facisms., portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. The Battle Joined --
2. A Hybrid Society --
3. Early Skirmishes --
4. A Grand and National Work --
5. Worthy of our Imperial City --
6. The Lamp of Morality --
7. An Architecture for our Age --
8. Not the Most Interesting Public Question of the Day --
9. A Change for the Worse.
Responsibility: Bernard Porter.

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In 1855 it was decided to build a new block of government offices in London, starting with the Foreign and War Offices. This book explores the controversy surrounding the design of the new Foreign  Read more...

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