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England: A Guide to Post-War Listed Buildings

By Elain Harwood. ellipsis, 2000. 687pp. £15

More than 500 post-war buildings and outdoor sculptures have now been listed, and in the familiar compact format of its city guides and history of architecture series, ellipsis has just published this hardback companion to them.

The buildings are arranged by region, with a supplementary section on sculpture and memorials. Each entry features a photograph, with a text by English Heritage historian Elain Harwood on the facing page. Post-war listing is proving to be very catholic in the styles and architects that are represented - from Francis Xavier Velarde and Raymond Erith to Richard Seifert and Erno Goldfinger - but Harwood, who has been instrumental in the listing programme, is evenly appreciative in her commentaries. She offers reliable factual background but few memorable phrases or observations. Nonethless, this must be among ellipsis'most valuable volumes so far. Pictured is Arne Jacobsen's Grade I-listed St Catherine's College, Oxford (1960-64).

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