What do St Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern, and the Angel of the North all have in common?
They’re all iconic destinations loved by many, and so it’s no surprise that they were recently named in a new top ten of heritage sites.
The list is part of Historic England’s Irreplaceable: a History of England in 100 Places campaign, which brings together historic places and buildings from around the country.
There are ten categories, so naturally we were most interested in Art, Architecture & Sculpture, in which the BBC’s Arts Editor Will Gompertz selected the final ten.
We were delighted to see some locals make it in: Chatsworth House, and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (which Paul recently visited).
After looking at the top ten, we picked our own favourites from around the world. The results are below…
I adore the de Young. It first opened in 1895 in Golden Gate park, and when it re-opened in 2005 it gave over two acres of land back to the park. A must-visit if you’re ever in the city! [Fera]
We also have two guest contributors this month.
John-Paul Walker is a partner at Walker Cunnington Architects and has extensive experience in conservation and reuse, often working with non-profit organisations. He also teaches at Sheffield School of Architecture and currently acts as Heritage At Risk Architect for Historic England.
An amazingly refined piece of architecture, but what I really like is the way that it not only unlocks the previously clogged up building, but creates a new urban route from St Pancras to Waterloo station. [J-P]
Sam Letchford is currently working with us and has just completed his fifth year studying architecture at the University of Sheffield.