Landmark London Garage to be Demolished
After a long fight by preservationists and lovers of Brutalist architecture to save it, the hammer fell earlier this week. London’s Welbeck Car Park was denied protected status and will be demolished to make room for a new hotel.
Designed in the 1960s to serve customers of a department store and opened in 1971, the garage was not universally beloved but was considered significant–it was a forward-thinking way to design a building used to park cars. Its concrete, diamond-patterned facade was a famous example of Brutalism (and turned into a wallpaper pattern by one company) and despite the two-year-long efforts of preservationists, will not be saved as part of the new building.