Friday, July 17
The Gilbert Scotts are Not a Rock Band
Continuing our parade of Gothic -RevivalArchitects-Nobody-Has-Heard-of-Before-But-Should, I submit for your approval the Gilbert Scotts--Sir George Gilbert Scott (1811-1878), his sons George Gilbert Scott Junior (1839-1897; unfortunately the poor, overworked man went, as the writers of 30 Rock might put it, "old-school bananas" towards the end of his life) and John Oldrid Scott (1841-1913), and grandsons Sir Giles Gilbert Scott (1880-1960) Adrian Gilbert Scott (1882-1963), and Charles Marriott Oldrid Scott (1880-1952), and great-grandson, Richard Gilbert Scott.
Sir Giles is famous for, after having only designed and built something only as large as a pipe-rack, winning the commission to do Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, one of the greatest and last flowerings of the Gothic Revival, and which he spent most of the rest of his life designing, on-and-off. He also came up with the vaguely Soaneian red telephone box that has become a veritable icon of Britishness, and did the designs for my favorite power-station (I have one, yes), the looming funneled pile called Battersea. With the possible exception of the Bachs and the Peales (Charles Wilson, Rembrandt, and co.), I can think of few better genetic arguments that some professional talents might well be hereditary.
Some examples of their work, from the excellent Flickr group Gilbert Scott.