The Battle of the Styles: The case of the British Foreign Office, 1855-61.
Föreläsning på engelska av Bernard Porter, professor emeritus i historia vid universitetet i Newcastle.
A competition in the 1850s to build new Government Offices in Whitehall, London, became the focus of a great national debate over architectural style, between the advocates of ‘Classical’ and ‘Gothic’. In the end a ‘Goth’ (Gilbert Scott) was appointed, but then forced to build in a ‘Classical’ style by the Prime Minister of the day (Lord Palmerston). The row over this illuminates a number of features of contemporary British culture and society, and the relationship between them. Similar debates took place elsewhere in Europe, including in Sweden.