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Spence gets Blue Plaque honour

English Heritage will be commemorating post-War Modernist architect Basil Spence with a blue plaque at his one-time home and office in London.

English Heritage will be commemorating architect Basil Spence with a blue plaque at his one-time home and office in London.

The memorial will be unveiled at 1 Canonbury Pace in Islington on March 23.

Spence, who was born in 1907 and died in 1976, is best-known for his design of Coventry Cathedral but had a huge output of eclectic and modern architecture. He is said to have been one of the leading lights of his generation.

Basil Spence's Coventry Cathedral

Basil Spence’s Coventry Cathedral

The plaque was proposed by former colleague Anthony Blee. He once worked with Spence and is married to his daughter Gillian, who will unveil the memorial. Blee will speak about the late architect and his work during the ceremony which has been timed to coincide with the laying of Coventry Cathedral’s foundation stone 50 years ago.

Blee said: ‘Spence’s remarkable talents extended beyond planning and design. He was recognised as a gifted artist in that he was able accurately and convincingly to demonstrate how his buildings would appear in reality and in context.

‘Likewise, he was charmingly fluent in explaining his concepts with vivid clarity. He had such design dexterity that he could take pleasure in applying himself to a wide range of challenges, from major building commissions to small scale details such as furniture design and architectural models.’

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