St Pancras Hotel and Chambers, Euston Road, London © Janet Hall / RIBA Library Photographs Collection
Scott was introduced to the Gothic style via the Cambridge Camden Society high-church organisation and the writings of Augustus Welby Pugin. Scott’s first significant work was the Martyrs’ Memorial at Oxford which showed off his talent for the Gothic.
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Born: 1811 (-1878)
By 1849, Scott was appointed Architect to the Dean and Chapter of Westminster and was able to add that building to his list of restored cathedrals. In addition, a significant part of Scott’s architectural work was the restoration of English cathedrals between 1855 and 1877, including Salisbury, Chester, Exeter and Canterbury. Scott also designed a completely new cathedral in Edinburgh.
In the competition for the Foreign and Colonial offices in 1856, Scott’s Gothic design only merited third prize, but discussions at the time brought Scott’s design back into play, if only it could be adapted away from Gothic and into the Italian style. During a long and public disagreement, Scott fought for the designs to retain the Gothic flair, but was defeated.
Scott also designed the Albert memorial in London, entered by royal invitation and winning the limited competition. In addition to the memorial, he also submitted schemes for the Albert Hall which were not accepted.
His later work at St Pancras Chambers was built in the true Gothic spirit to show that the style could be adapted for modern business uses.
Buildings by Scott:
- Martyrs’ Memorial, Oxford, 1840
- Albert Memorial, London, 1864
- St Pancras Chambers, London, 1865
- Chester Cathedral, 1876
- Edinburgh Catherdal, 1879