Controversial Cambridge History Faculty Becomes a Listed Building
Carrell, Severin, The Independent (London, England)
ONE OF Britain's most controversial postwar buildings, Sir James Stirling's history faculty at Cambridge University, has been given legal protection by the Government.
The building, which was given Grade II listing yesterday, became notorious because an extensive glass roof over its library trapped sunlight and raised the temperature. It also leaked, risking book collections.
Detractors said it was built the wrong way around, by Sir James, who died in 1992. The history faculty, completed in 1968, was among five postwar buildings given listed status by the Arts minister Alan Howarth yesterday.
They included St Luke's Church in Peckham, south London, of Byzantine style and designed by Arthur Martin in 1953, and two houses at Grant-chester Road, Cambridge, built from concrete blocks by Professor Sir Colin St John Wilson.
Elain Harwood, the post-war listing inspector for English Heritage, admitted that the inclusion of the history faculty would provoke controversy. …