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October 22, 2009 Preservation

Saarinen’s U.S. Embassy in London Protected

Eero Saarinen’s 1960 U.S. embassy in London

A year ago I posted here and here about the potential demise of Eero Saarinen’s brutalist U.S. embassy in London. While the U.S. still plans to move its embassy to a new location, Saarinen’s 1960 building cannot be destroyed. In giving the building “Grade II” status Britain Minister of Culture and Tourism Margaret Hodge said the building is a “really important piece of modernist architecture that fits comfortably in its surroundings and illustrates a great architect at the top of his game.” While any future development cannot change the exterior of the building, the interior can be modified, according to this report in the The Architects’ Journal in Britain.