Carbuncle Cup antidote

Victoria Memorial near Buckingham Palace. (All photos by Michael Gerhardt)

Victoria Memorial near Buckingham Palace. (All photos by Michael Gerhardt)

Here are some photos taken just days ago by Michael Gerhardt, former interim director of the Providence Athenaeum and longtime skipper of the Pandion, anchored in Bristol. He and his wife just returned from a holiday in London and sent these photos.

Consider them an antidote to the Carbuncle Cup and its 2015 winner, announced today by Building & Design magazine, of London. That would be the Walkie-Talkie, Walkie-Scorchie, Walkie-Fallie Building, at 20 Fenchurch St. It deserves its Carbuncle because it is one. Although Captain G’s photos are of sights most of us have seen in London, including some that perhaps ought not to have been included (and they know who they are!), I hope you will enjoy this trip to some of the places that make London London.





















The final pairing is, of course, outside of London. The church is Chalfon St. Giles. I am assuming many readers know most of the sites pictured because they have visited them in person or in books. I am posting them dirty – with no captions – to get them to you before the Carbuncle Cup does you in (as it was so famously put by Eliza Doolittle). Tardy antidotes work poorly!

About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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