Demolishing Whitehall

Tuesday 15th January 2013

Adam Sharr

Plan of Whitehall

In 1965, architect Leslie Martin submitted a report to Harold Wilson's Labour administration, proposing the wholesale demolition and reconstruction of a large part of Whitehall.

London was still reeling from war damage, Whitehall's 18th and 19th century palaces stood then as the patched-up centre of a faded empire. Martin's project proposed replacing these with a ziggurat section megastructure spanning roads into Parliament Square, re-framing the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.

Adam Sharr is Professor of Architecture at Newcastle University.


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