Google Doodle: Prolific “Sir George Gilbert Scott” Celebrated

From time to time, you will notice when you access Google’s search engine, you will be met with a redesigned homepage. This could be in light of a special celebration, perhaps an individuals birthday, a specific date on the calendar such as Father’s Day or even an event that only happens from time to time such as the Lunar Eclipse. Just yesterday, Debbie brought you news of Russia’s St Basil’s Cathedral which is celebrating its 450th anniversary.

Today its the turn of British architect “Sir George Gilbert Scott” who has been recognized for his work, a huge amount of which dates back to Victorian times. If you take a look at the Google Doodle above, you will notice perhaps not straight away, that its an image of the famous St. Pancras Railway Station in main central London.

Many commuters will pass through this station on a daily basis, not knowing anything (that is until now) about his history. St Pancras as reported, was one of Scott’s finest designs.

Being openly honest, we too didn’t know a great deal about the famous architect, so we thought we would enlighten you with some interesting facts. Born in 1811 in Buckinghamshire, Scott it seemed at an early age, studied architecture which enabled him to work his way up from being a pupil to working as an assistant under Henry Roberts.

Following on from this, Scott’s work compromised of workhouses, churches, asylums, Pancras Station as mentioned, Edinburgh Cathedral and the Albert Memorial in Hyde Park, as reported, Scott designed some 800 buildings and took an active role in others within the UK and he has some 607 historic structures listed.

The Victorian Society are keen to celebrate Scott’s work and have produced a magazine in honor of him, alongside this, they are keen to point out that he had recovered many old structures that may have otherwise been pulled down, at times Scott was tarnished with the reputation of destroying old buildings as oppose to actually saving them.

Before he died in 1878, Scott was given the Royal Gold Medal by the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1859 and was knighted in 1872. Sir George Gilbert Scott is buried in Westminster Abbey, London.

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