Sunday, February 17, 2008

Architecture of the imagination

"[Harriet] saw a stone quadrangle, built by a modern architect in a style neither new nor old, but stretching out reconciling hands to past and present.  Folded within its walls lay a trim glass plot, with flower-beds splashed at the angles, and surrounded by a wide stone plinth.  Behind the level roofs of Cotswold slate rose the brick chimneys of an older and less formal pile of buildings--a quadrangle also of a kind, but... keeping a domestic remembrance of the original Victorian dwelling-houses that had sheltered the first shy students of Shrewsbury College.  In front were the trees of Jowett Walk, and beyond them, a jumble of ancient gables and the tower of New College, ..."

From Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers

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