Heritage showcase of 'brutal and beautiful'
Architectural post-war gems from the Westcountry, which often divide public opinion, are to be celebrated at a major exhibition in London.
To mark 25 years since the first major post-war buildings were given listed protection, sparking fierce debate, English Heritage is staging "Brutal and Beautiful" at Wellington Arch, London.
Focused on the love/hate relationship with England's recent architectural past, it features stunning photography and video interviews with architects and clients of post-war listed buildings.
The exhibition includes five "masterpieces" from Devon and Cornwall including civic and religious buildings and private homes. It features domestic examples of post-war design such as Creek Vean, a house in Feock, Cornwall, which was designed and inhabited by the founders of the Design Research Unit. It was Grade II* listed in 2002.
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The also includes four buildings from Devon, including the Mary Harris Memorial Chapel at the University of Exeter University.
Rigg Side, also known as Anderton House, at Goodleigh, in North Devon, is documented in the exhibition along with Ascension, at Crownhill in Plymouth.
The show, which opened yesterday and runs until November 24, also features Plymouth's Civic Centre and Civic Square, which was Grade II listed in 2007 after much debate. Elain Harwood, English Heritage's specialist on post-war architecture and curator of the exhibition, said: "It is English Heritage's role to recommend which buildings of each era should be preserved for the future.
"Brutal and Beautiful shows how far we have come in 25 years and why we should continue to recommend that the best buildings of this unique era be conserved."
A building has to be 30 years old to be considered for listing. More than 500 post-war sites have been listed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on the advice of English Heritage since 1987.
Among the youngest buildings to be listed is the Lloyd's Building in London which turned 30 in 2011.
The "Brutal and Beautiful" exhibition is the fourth out of five special events at Wellington Arch's Quadriga Gallery in London to mark the centenary of the landmark Ancient Monuments Act of 1913.
The exhibitions are tracing the movement to protect England's heritage from its early days in the 19th century to the present day.