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19 June 2015

Admire the ceiling at Euston Station

You can read as much as you like on the internet, but there is nothing quite so convincing as a conversation in a pub, and so it was that a conversation began on Monday night with IanVisits on the virtues of the ceiling at Euston Station. Unconvinced, your author dropped in yesterday to see what all the fuss is about, and found a Brutalist masterpiece, hidden in plain sight above the wires, shops, shelves and  heads of people staring at screens.

The new Euston Station opened in 1968, built to designs by British Rail architects in consultation with Richard Seifert & Partners. It was a replacement for the original station known for its lost arch and grand Great Hall, which had been demolished in the early 1960s, and is not as grand or impressive as the original, but others agree that perhaps rather than mourning the loss of the original Victorian masterpiece, we should learn to love the station that replaced it and give its smooth functional lines a bit more space to breathe.

For more, see http://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2013/04/21/in-praise-of-euston-railway-station/

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