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Twentieth Century Society seeks car showroom listing

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The Twentieth Century Society has called on culture secretary Tessa Jowell to step in 'urgently' and save an Art Deco former car showroom in Plymouth from imminent demolition by spotlisting it as a Grade II-listed building.

The group has written in support of an application to spotlist the Colin Campbell House in Plymouth by the city's Tinside Action Group in order to save it from being demolished as part of a redevelopment. 'It is a good typical example of the period, with its flat roof and original curved windows, ' wrote caseworker Emmanuelle Morgan last week, praising also its main elevation, 'elegantly articulated' in a streamlined modern fashion. 'We feel it should be listed as a unique example of interwar architecture in Plymouth city centre, ' she said.

The building, which is named after the town clerk who served the city just before the Second World War, was designed by EGCatchpole in 1938. It runs to 4,000m 2and is presently used as a Chinese supermarket.

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