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Notes on the Geography of The United Kingdom: London 6: Public Buildings : Photo 44

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Speaking of courtrooms, here is Norman Shaw's famous New Scotland Yard, with its convict-quarried granite base, its orange-red brick and stripes of Portland stone, its angle tourelles and aedicules with broken pediments and obelisks. In a fine demonstration of the principle that there is always an architect or architectural critic with barb in hand, one has called this building a "a Dutch-cheese warehouse from the banks of the Dort." Shaw defended himself: "My aim has been to have less of what I should call 'style', and more of what I should call character... a genuine building, in which we have no sham or shew fronts" (Stamp and Amery, p. 152). Pevsner remarks that "imitations... may be seen all over England" (6:248). And not just England. There's a fine replica in Calcutta, not far from the Writer's Building.

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