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Crossed lines over Euston attribution

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I wonder if other readers have noticed how the dear old Grauniad is setting us to rights about recent architectural history. Last week I M Pei was billed as 'the Japanese architect behind the Louvre pyramid'. Silly old us, we were under the impression he was an American of Chinese descent.

Then, earlier, there was Lord Rogers being billed as an Arts Council bigwig, when your and other organs the week before had headlined the fact that he wasn't even a member any more. Two Saturdays ago there was Jonathan Glancey, attributing Euston Station to theArchigram lads. He made this new 'fact' the running hook for a whole feature.

I always thought the station building was by British Rail - in fact I'm sure it was, since I came back from a conference in the same rail carriage as the man who designed it, years after Archigram had broken up.

And I'd always imagined (on checking, quite correctly) that the buildings that you see from Euston Road were by Seifert. Archigram in fact worked onthe aborted Taylor-Woodrow Euston Project, a quite different matter.

Still, never let the facts stand in the way of a quick story . . .

SUTHERLAND LYALL

Stoke Newington

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