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HTA sparks anger with plans for tower block behind Hoover Building

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The scheme does look massively out of scale and I can understand why people would be concerned. The Hoover Building is not predominantly Egyptian in its decoration. Although there are Egyptianate elements, used to better effect in his earlier work, Thomas Wallis was moving into a more Jazz Style idiom by the time of Hoover, picking up Native American and geometric forms, within basic classical monumentality. His much better building on the Great West Road, the Firestone Buiding from 1928, was detroyed in an episode of state sponsored vandalism in 1980, when the developer, Trafalgar House, demolished it over a weekend with the inside knowledge that the listing would arrive on the Monday. That is why Hoover was listed when it was. It would be good to know that lessons have been learned from that, and that the horizonal emphasis of the building sitting on the "road of factories" is not going to be lost because of an inappropriate and overbearing neighbour.

Posted date

10 September, 2019

Posted time

10:16 am

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