The Greatest


Edwin Lutyens was the greatest British architect of the twentieth century. The crowning achievement of his career would have been the construction of the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Liverpool. Of course, the building was never completed – construction, started in 1930, was stopped by WWll with only the crypt complete. Pevsner in ‘The Buildings of England: South Lancashire’ describes it as “undoubtedly the greatest monument of the inter-war years, in its unjustified optimism and its refusal to accept the new style of architecture”. The crypt can be visited, sitting below the post-war cathedral by Frederick Gibberd. And now the great model of Lutyens’ cathedral can be seen at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool: The Cathedral That Never Was. Until 22 April 2007. See you there.

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