Euston Arch

I have discovered that it is still possible to obtain copies of the book the Smithsons produced in 1968 about the Euston Arch.   It’s a period piece, with an introduction by Nikolaus Pevsner in which he commends the fact that architects ‘who have designed buildings of outstanding integrity…are here denouncing the Euston Murder’.   There are sketches by J.C. Bourne of the building under construction:-

Fine photographs of it in its heyday:-

And photographs of it in the course of its demolition:-

There is something mournful when Peter Smithson writes how we have ‘an obligation to try and explain our nervousness when officials start to execute our value judgements for us, because we are near enough to fascist or communist bureaucracies where all value judgements are taken for everyone – architects, artists, people very like ourselves and our friends’.

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