Call to turn Stonebow House into arty showpiece

York Press: Stonebow House, York Stonebow House, York

A RADICAL redesign of a building dubbed York’s “worst eyesore” would save it from unnecessary demolition, a campaign group has argued.

The 1960s-built Stonebow House could be demolished depending on the decision of City of York Council, due to become sole controller of the site.

The authority has said all options for the site will be considered, and although no decisions have been taken, demolition has not been ruled out.

But the campaign group York Sustainable Development Project has argued the look of Stonebow House could be transformed with innovative design and could be changed from its current look to having a “new colourful and vibrant existence”.

It has cited the example of Hundertwasser House in Vienna, which has a facade of primary colours and balconies and rooftops covered in trees and shrubs.

The group’s chairman Gordon Mr Campbell-Thomas, who was formerly a project director of St Nicholas Fields, said: “Though the building is undoubtedly ‘ugly’ especially when compared to other buildings of greater architectural speldour and integrity in York, it still has merit in the fact that it exists.

“The use of Stonebow House can be converted into a mixture of executive and affordable apartments, restaurants, bars, and shops.

“If that was done it would revitalise that part of York, and it would provide a new entrance into that part of the Hungate development area.

“The plinth area used now for car parking could be transformed into an open garden restaurant for instance.”

The group has argued that to demolish the building would be “environmentally damaging” as energy has already been put into creating it and to destroy it would put more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

York Sustainable Development Project is a group of about 15 people set up to look at ideas for sustainable development in York. Mr Campbell-Thomas said it is due to put their ideas to the council.

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10:52am Thu 13 Feb 14

yorkandproud says...

For heavens sake, stop these hair brained ideas, and demolish the building that has been the ugliest in York for decades. Do it as soon as possible.
For heavens sake, stop these hair brained ideas, and demolish the building that has been the ugliest in York for decades. Do it as soon as possible. yorkandproud

11:07am Thu 13 Feb 14

Blythespirit says...

It's pointless putting perfume on a pig... the whole lot needs to come down!
It's pointless putting perfume on a pig... the whole lot needs to come down! Blythespirit

11:11am Thu 13 Feb 14

RingoStarr says...

I've always thought that 'the History of York is the History of Architecture' and, personally, I'd leave it alone. As recently as 1929 there was a call to pull down most of the City Walls as they were 'interfering' with York's traffic flow.
York owes much to the Stonebow. After it was built people realised how dreadful it was and, as a direct result, other plans for similar buildings (to replace existing, and often historic, ones) were rejected. Let it stand as an iconic example of (horrible) 60s architecture for future generations to learn from.
I've always thought that 'the History of York is the History of Architecture' and, personally, I'd leave it alone. As recently as 1929 there was a call to pull down most of the City Walls as they were 'interfering' with York's traffic flow. York owes much to the Stonebow. After it was built people realised how dreadful it was and, as a direct result, other plans for similar buildings (to replace existing, and often historic, ones) were rejected. Let it stand as an iconic example of (horrible) 60s architecture for future generations to learn from. RingoStarr

11:11am Thu 13 Feb 14

sheddie says...

Let's see the artist's impression then...
Let's see the artist's impression then... sheddie

11:37am Thu 13 Feb 14

Platform9 says...

“The plinth area used now for car parking could be transformed into an open garden restaurant for instance.”

That will be lovely is this weather - Sunday lunches flying in the wind to the citizens below!
“The plinth area used now for car parking could be transformed into an open garden restaurant for instance.” That will be lovely is this weather - Sunday lunches flying in the wind to the citizens below! Platform9

11:39am Thu 13 Feb 14

Tug job says...

What a good idea. Why not give it a go?
What a good idea. Why not give it a go? Tug job

11:54am Thu 13 Feb 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

The last thing it needs is colour. York has a distinct palette of indigenous natural colour in its buildings, from stone through concrete to brick,. Painting vivid colours onto something as big as Stonebow House in the centre of the city would make it stick out even more as a sore thumb.

Clad it in mirror glass and let's see the city reflected in it...
The last thing it needs is colour. York has a distinct palette of indigenous natural colour in its buildings, from stone through concrete to brick,. Painting vivid colours onto something as big as Stonebow House in the centre of the city would make it stick out even more as a sore thumb. Clad it in mirror glass and let's see the city reflected in it... Ignatius Lumpopo

11:54am Thu 13 Feb 14

Yeller Belly says...

It's all well and good pulling it down, but what are YCC likely to replace it with? Another Tesco Express and vertical drinking establishment? More flats?

I'd much rather they have a go at redesigning what is already there and making the existing building a community focused asset with multiple uses. Let someone have a crack at it!
It's all well and good pulling it down, but what are YCC likely to replace it with? Another Tesco Express and vertical drinking establishment? More flats? I'd much rather they have a go at redesigning what is already there and making the existing building a community focused asset with multiple uses. Let someone have a crack at it! Yeller Belly

12:04pm Thu 13 Feb 14

BL2 says...

Just knock it down already!
Just knock it down already! BL2

12:17pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Fat Harry says...

Wonder what's in it for Gordon?
Wonder what's in it for Gordon? Fat Harry

12:55pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Loollah says...

I would sooner see the building redesigned, repurposed and given a facelift. If it were pulled down, we would lose two fantastic music venues from the city which, considering the lack of decent venues, is something we can't afford to do.
It may not be the most attractive building but as other people have pointed out, it's still part of the city's history.

Why don't the council turn their attentions to the Rydale Building on Piccadilly instead. Now that is one building that would benefit from pulling down! It really is an eyesore! Most of the offices are empty nowadays!
I would sooner see the building redesigned, repurposed and given a facelift. If it were pulled down, we would lose two fantastic music venues from the city which, considering the lack of decent venues, is something we can't afford to do. It may not be the most attractive building but as other people have pointed out, it's still part of the city's history. Why don't the council turn their attentions to the Rydale Building on Piccadilly instead. Now that is one building that would benefit from pulling down! It really is an eyesore! Most of the offices are empty nowadays! Loollah

12:58pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Ceejaydee says...

Interestingly enough, the original competition winning design for the building intended to have the first floor deck as a large roof garden and Cafe. This of course was changed to a car park, also requiring a ramp squeezed in next to St Saviours Church. Further commercial pressures also presumably lead to an additional storey being added to the tower. As well as being compromised from the start, I agree with Patrick Nutgens who in his book 'York the continuing City' describes Stonebow itself as " an Architectural disaster, clumsily defined and framed by commercial buildings that would have disgraced any town, let alone one with the historic importance of York" I hope therefore that YCC have the ambition and vision to look (once demolished) beyond the building footprint to restore the area to a pattern of new streets in keeping with the essential character of York.
Interestingly enough, the original competition winning design for the building intended to have the first floor deck as a large roof garden and Cafe. This of course was changed to a car park, also requiring a ramp squeezed in next to St Saviours Church. Further commercial pressures also presumably lead to an additional storey being added to the tower. As well as being compromised from the start, I agree with Patrick Nutgens who in his book 'York the continuing City' describes Stonebow itself as " an Architectural disaster, clumsily defined and framed by commercial buildings that would have disgraced any town, let alone one with the historic importance of York" I hope therefore that YCC have the ambition and vision to look (once demolished) beyond the building footprint to restore the area to a pattern of new streets in keeping with the essential character of York. Ceejaydee

1:05pm Thu 13 Feb 14

boats magee says...

I have been saying this building (along with the park inn) should have been pulled down ages ago. This, however, is an interesting idea. For all of York's beautiful architecture the city does miss a splash of colour. I would turn the building over to the street artists of the country. Everyone loved the mural done in The MInster for iIlluminating York so why not look into something along those lines. Im sure such an idea would offend some people but isn't that what art, and architecture does, divide opinion? We all know its a horrible and unsightly building so why not make a focal point of it and show the country how funky and groovy we are. If any of you have seen any of the street art around the world, some of it can be quite incredible, not just banksy's stuff.
While i'm at it may i suggest adding a splash of colour to the horrible concrete wall running along the footpath by the railway lines going upstream through Scarborough Bridge, i don't even know the purpose of this wall, it can't be to keep people off the railway lines as it isn't high enough and can't be a flood defense because there's massive holes in it so i would either tear this down aswell or hand it over to artists. It is just horrible.
I love York and think its a beautiful city but it can be terribly dreary at times and i am not advocating those scrotes who graffiti tag structures around the city, they should be barred from York
I have been saying this building (along with the park inn) should have been pulled down ages ago. This, however, is an interesting idea. For all of York's beautiful architecture the city does miss a splash of colour. I would turn the building over to the street artists of the country. Everyone loved the mural done in The MInster for iIlluminating York so why not look into something along those lines. Im sure such an idea would offend some people but isn't that what art, and architecture does, divide opinion? We all know its a horrible and unsightly building so why not make a focal point of it and show the country how funky and groovy we are. If any of you have seen any of the street art around the world, some of it can be quite incredible, not just banksy's stuff. While i'm at it may i suggest adding a splash of colour to the horrible concrete wall running along the footpath by the railway lines going upstream through Scarborough Bridge, i don't even know the purpose of this wall, it can't be to keep people off the railway lines as it isn't high enough and can't be a flood defense because there's massive holes in it so i would either tear this down aswell or hand it over to artists. It is just horrible. I love York and think its a beautiful city but it can be terribly dreary at times and i am not advocating those scrotes who graffiti tag structures around the city, they should be barred from York boats magee

1:09pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

Not sure there is an argument that it would be un-environmental to demolish it. It was built ages ago when construction really was bad for the environment. If it was re-built due to new laws and policies it wouldn't waste as much co2. Also they could even recycle the material nowadays which a lot of companies do.

but in all reality surly it will take just as much co2 to make it look half decent as it is then to start from scratch...

I like old buildings that were pioneering but his is not that.. Knock it down and start again... roof top garden... it will be full of jumpers from this eyesore..
Not sure there is an argument that it would be un-environmental to demolish it. It was built ages ago when construction really was bad for the environment. If it was re-built due to new laws and policies it wouldn't waste as much co2. Also they could even recycle the material nowadays which a lot of companies do. but in all reality surly it will take just as much co2 to make it look half decent as it is then to start from scratch... I like old buildings that were pioneering but his is not that.. Knock it down and start again... roof top garden... it will be full of jumpers from this eyesore.. Archiebold the 1st

1:52pm Thu 13 Feb 14

york_chap says...

Well the photos of that monstrosity in Vienna look more like something from downtown Belgrade in the 1990s. Anyone who wants that in York also wants their head testing.

The ideal situation would be for a demolition and subsequent new build that's modern but tasteful (no wacky eco-designs and none of the ugly blue/teracotta/other strange coloured plastic tiles and cladding that got thrown up in Leeds in the 2000's).

Any new building should include some reasonably-priced apartments for sale to owner-occupiers, a few decent shops (NOT a tesco local), a cafe and a music venue to replace what's already there. If there's room, throw in some outdoor space, a small car park, a few bike racks and a 'community space' or whatever is trendy these days.
Well the photos of that monstrosity in Vienna look more like something from downtown Belgrade in the 1990s. Anyone who wants that in York also wants their head testing. The ideal situation would be for a demolition and subsequent new build that's modern but tasteful (no wacky eco-designs and none of the ugly blue/teracotta/other strange coloured plastic tiles and cladding that got thrown up in Leeds in the 2000's). Any new building should include some reasonably-priced apartments for sale to owner-occupiers, a few decent shops (NOT a tesco local), a cafe and a music venue to replace what's already there. If there's room, throw in some outdoor space, a small car park, a few bike racks and a 'community space' or whatever is trendy these days. york_chap

2:59pm Thu 13 Feb 14

MouseHouse says...

How about a zipwire from the chimney by Morrisons on Foss Islands Road to the top of Stonebow House, or failing that a cable car that runs from Hull Road P&R.

Fanciful I know but get your thinking caps on before knocking the building down.
How about a zipwire from the chimney by Morrisons on Foss Islands Road to the top of Stonebow House, or failing that a cable car that runs from Hull Road P&R. Fanciful I know but get your thinking caps on before knocking the building down. MouseHouse

3:08pm Thu 13 Feb 14

bravo whisky says...

Bit of a weak argument to keep it Gordon by saying it used energy to build it and will create more Co2 by knocking it down. Look towards China if you think we create Co2, anyway it did not stop York Council knocking down a perfectly good building which was used to house the homeless further down the street, and your comment 'Executive Apartments', have we not got enough of these in the centre of York already.
Bit of a weak argument to keep it Gordon by saying it used energy to build it and will create more Co2 by knocking it down. Look towards China if you think we create Co2, anyway it did not stop York Council knocking down a perfectly good building which was used to house the homeless further down the street, and your comment 'Executive Apartments', have we not got enough of these in the centre of York already. bravo whisky

3:37pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Can't all be wrong says...

Let's just recognise that this was an architectural disaster and remove it, if scholars want to be reminded of 60s architecture they can go to a library or google the topic.
This area of the city is desperate for reinvigoration. As the property is now owned by YCC, let's see a quick return on our investment please James.
Let's just recognise that this was an architectural disaster and remove it, if scholars want to be reminded of 60s architecture they can go to a library or google the topic. This area of the city is desperate for reinvigoration. As the property is now owned by YCC, let's see a quick return on our investment please James. Can't all be wrong

3:47pm Thu 13 Feb 14

AGuyFromStrensall says...

Just note to the council that trafic is still flowing through it (well it does have a car park). You won't see Merrett for dust as he tries to make sure no one can use it in any useful way ...
Just note to the council that trafic is still flowing through it (well it does have a car park). You won't see Merrett for dust as he tries to make sure no one can use it in any useful way ... AGuyFromStrensall

4:18pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Fabius the Delayer says...

If painted in Blue, Green, Yellow, Red, White, Squares it would look like a giant Rubik's Cube, I don't know wether thats a good idea or not ?....
NOT !
If painted in Blue, Green, Yellow, Red, White, Squares it would look like a giant Rubik's Cube, I don't know wether thats a good idea or not ?.... NOT ! Fabius the Delayer

4:27pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Woody G Mellor says...

If people really want it pulled down, all you have to do is tell the Council that the majority of York's residents would like to see Stonebow house saved.

That will guarantee that our Council will demolish it.

Simples!
If people really want it pulled down, all you have to do is tell the Council that the majority of York's residents would like to see Stonebow house saved. That will guarantee that our Council will demolish it. Simples! Woody G Mellor

4:39pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Yeller Belly says...

Woody G Mellor wrote:
If people really want it pulled down, all you have to do is tell the Council that the majority of York's residents would like to see Stonebow house saved.

That will guarantee that our Council will demolish it.

Simples!
Brilliant. I can't argue with this.
[quote][p][bold]Woody G Mellor[/bold] wrote: If people really want it pulled down, all you have to do is tell the Council that the majority of York's residents would like to see Stonebow house saved. That will guarantee that our Council will demolish it. Simples![/p][/quote]Brilliant. I can't argue with this. Yeller Belly

5:02pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Oyy you says...

So this arty **** design is meant to look better, don't know where these lunatics get their ideas from........
So this arty **** design is meant to look better, don't know where these lunatics get their ideas from........ Oyy you

5:53pm Thu 13 Feb 14

chelk says...

I would like to see it turned into an Arty Pile of Rubble
I would like to see it turned into an Arty Pile of Rubble chelk

6:13pm Thu 13 Feb 14

cloud8 says...

I agree that there is too much embodied energy in the building for it to be knocked down and rebuilt. Why not let Patrick Blanc green it up? Then the tourists would come and visit it and we'd have a nice leafy backdrop to our lives. http://www.verticalg
ardenpatrickblanc.co
m/
I agree that there is too much embodied energy in the building for it to be knocked down and rebuilt. Why not let Patrick Blanc green it up? Then the tourists would come and visit it and we'd have a nice leafy backdrop to our lives. http://www.verticalg ardenpatrickblanc.co m/ cloud8

6:21pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Oyy you says...

cloud8 wrote:
I agree that there is too much embodied energy in the building for it to be knocked down and rebuilt. Why not let Patrick Blanc green it up? Then the tourists would come and visit it and we'd have a nice leafy backdrop to our lives. http://www.verticalg

ardenpatrickblanc.co

m/
Best idea so far.....
[quote][p][bold]cloud8[/bold] wrote: I agree that there is too much embodied energy in the building for it to be knocked down and rebuilt. Why not let Patrick Blanc green it up? Then the tourists would come and visit it and we'd have a nice leafy backdrop to our lives. http://www.verticalg ardenpatrickblanc.co m/[/p][/quote]Best idea so far..... Oyy you

6:26pm Thu 13 Feb 14

JasBro says...

It's not a bad idea. Get some drawings done and let's have a look .

York could definitely do with a splash of colour.
It's not a bad idea. Get some drawings done and let's have a look . York could definitely do with a splash of colour. JasBro

6:31pm Thu 13 Feb 14

The OX says...

Let Paul park his bike in it.........then blow it up
Let Paul park his bike in it.........then blow it up The OX

6:37pm Thu 13 Feb 14

WhyEver says...

Lots of people saying "demolish it" but we still don't know how much it's going to cost to buy out the building lease. I would expect about £2-3M and who's got that sort of cash to spend?
Lots of people saying "demolish it" but we still don't know how much it's going to cost to buy out the building lease. I would expect about £2-3M and who's got that sort of cash to spend? WhyEver

7:00pm Thu 13 Feb 14

sniper 9964 says...

Whats going to happen to the businesses that are there should it be demolished ? Or dont you care. All you that say pull it down !!!
Whats going to happen to the businesses that are there should it be demolished ? Or dont you care. All you that say pull it down !!! sniper 9964

8:03pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Pinza-C55 says...

When you read something like " York Sustainable Development Project " you know that the ghastly buzzword "sustainable" means vast amounts of taxpayers money will be emptied into a scheme which nobody wants or needs.
Bulldoze it and turn it into "Sustainable Hardcore" to make "Sustainable Foundations" for "Sustainable Housing".
When you read something like " York Sustainable Development Project " you know that the ghastly buzzword "sustainable" means vast amounts of taxpayers money will be emptied into a scheme which nobody wants or needs. Bulldoze it and turn it into "Sustainable Hardcore" to make "Sustainable Foundations" for "Sustainable Housing". Pinza-C55

8:09pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Pinza-C55 says...

bravo whisky wrote:
Bit of a weak argument to keep it Gordon by saying it used energy to build it and will create more Co2 by knocking it down. Look towards China if you think we create Co2, anyway it did not stop York Council knocking down a perfectly good building which was used to house the homeless further down the street, and your comment 'Executive Apartments', have we not got enough of these in the centre of York already.
Although CO2 would be produced by demolishing it, if it was planted with trees and grass/flowers they would absorb the CO2?
[quote][p][bold]bravo whisky[/bold] wrote: Bit of a weak argument to keep it Gordon by saying it used energy to build it and will create more Co2 by knocking it down. Look towards China if you think we create Co2, anyway it did not stop York Council knocking down a perfectly good building which was used to house the homeless further down the street, and your comment 'Executive Apartments', have we not got enough of these in the centre of York already.[/p][/quote]Although CO2 would be produced by demolishing it, if it was planted with trees and grass/flowers they would absorb the CO2? Pinza-C55

9:52pm Thu 13 Feb 14

isitjustme says...

The council should pay what ever it costs to secure the license on Stonebow. It's a one off opportunity to get this monstrosity demolished. We don't even need to have an alternative development to replace it with. A hole in the ground that reveals St Saviourgate would be improvement enough! I think a simple urban garden, perhaps with a cascading water feature that takes advantage of the natural drop, would be very welcome indeed.

Get it knocked down!
The council should pay what ever it costs to secure the license on Stonebow. It's a one off opportunity to get this monstrosity demolished. We don't even need to have an alternative development to replace it with. A hole in the ground that reveals St Saviourgate would be improvement enough! I think a simple urban garden, perhaps with a cascading water feature that takes advantage of the natural drop, would be very welcome indeed. Get it knocked down! isitjustme

5:02am Fri 14 Feb 14

Magicman! says...

Student digs?
Student digs? Magicman!

8:21am Fri 14 Feb 14

gritheworth says...

Why not flatten it and create a decent bus station?
Why not flatten it and create a decent bus station? gritheworth

10:51am Fri 14 Feb 14

Pinza-C55 says...

Loollah wrote:
I would sooner see the building redesigned, repurposed and given a facelift. If it were pulled down, we would lose two fantastic music venues from the city which, considering the lack of decent venues, is something we can't afford to do.
It may not be the most attractive building but as other people have pointed out, it's still part of the city's history.

Why don't the council turn their attentions to the Rydale Building on Piccadilly instead. Now that is one building that would benefit from pulling down! It really is an eyesore! Most of the offices are empty nowadays!
Is it really beyond the wit of the council to demolish it and build something decent looking which houses the existing businesses minus the Jobcentre which could easily be moved to the vacant offices in Rougier Street? I am sure it would be technically feasible to remove the office block before the street level structure.
[quote][p][bold]Loollah[/bold] wrote: I would sooner see the building redesigned, repurposed and given a facelift. If it were pulled down, we would lose two fantastic music venues from the city which, considering the lack of decent venues, is something we can't afford to do. It may not be the most attractive building but as other people have pointed out, it's still part of the city's history. Why don't the council turn their attentions to the Rydale Building on Piccadilly instead. Now that is one building that would benefit from pulling down! It really is an eyesore! Most of the offices are empty nowadays![/p][/quote]Is it really beyond the wit of the council to demolish it and build something decent looking which houses the existing businesses minus the Jobcentre which could easily be moved to the vacant offices in Rougier Street? I am sure it would be technically feasible to remove the office block before the street level structure. Pinza-C55

4:01pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Alf Garnett says...

“Though the building is undoubtedly ‘ugly’ especially when compared to other buildings of greater architectural speldour (sic) and integrity in York, it still has merit in the fact that it exists." Did someone really say that ? The fact of existence endows merit. Wow ! Over to you Jean Paul Sartre.
“Though the building is undoubtedly ‘ugly’ especially when compared to other buildings of greater architectural speldour (sic) and integrity in York, it still has merit in the fact that it exists." Did someone really say that ? The fact of existence endows merit. Wow ! Over to you Jean Paul Sartre. Alf Garnett

5:19pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Steve, says...

The pollution statement doesn't really hold water, there's give and take with all construction projects.

Then there's:
"The use of Stonebow House can be converted into a mixture of executive and affordable apartments, restaurants, bars, and shops" do the council never actually look AT york and see how many of all these we have crammed into a small space as it is?
You look at whip-ma-whop-ma gate, stonebow, fossgate, infact anywhere within a half mile and the vast majority is eateries and drinkeries.

Why do we need more?? York is a WORKING city, not somewhere we need tourists to come and get automatic priority.
The pollution statement doesn't really hold water, there's give and take with all construction projects. Then there's: "The use of Stonebow House can be converted into a mixture of executive and affordable apartments, restaurants, bars, and shops" do the council never actually look AT york and see how many of all these we have crammed into a small space as it is? You look at whip-ma-whop-ma gate, stonebow, fossgate, infact anywhere within a half mile and the vast majority is eateries and drinkeries. Why do we need more?? York is a WORKING city, not somewhere we need tourists to come and get automatic priority. Steve,

11:42pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Grey Lady says...

You can't please all the people all the time, I doubt there will ever be total agreement on what to do with the Stonebow building, however, painting it in primary colours is not the answer. The example given in the article above looks even worse than what we already have.
You can't please all the people all the time, I doubt there will ever be total agreement on what to do with the Stonebow building, however, painting it in primary colours is not the answer. The example given in the article above looks even worse than what we already have. Grey Lady

5:14pm Wed 19 Feb 14

browbeaten says...

This festering concrete heap should never have been built in a medieval city centre even in the tasteless 1960 s. I have often wondered if it was the result of a corrupt `POULSON` type payment to the council of the day.
This festering concrete heap should never have been built in a medieval city centre even in the tasteless 1960 s. I have often wondered if it was the result of a corrupt `POULSON` type payment to the council of the day. browbeaten

9:16pm Wed 19 Feb 14

HoltonA says...

Stonebow House has some merit as an example of a key moment in British architecture, adding to the many layers that are found in York. However, to me this is outweighed by the harm it does to its setting and the character of the place, eclipsing a far more interesting streetscape than is presently seen. Demolish and leave as a clean open space, allowing the existing buildings to speak clearly. There are far better examples of this sort of thing afforded with statutory protection elsewhere.
Stonebow House has some merit as an example of a key moment in British architecture, adding to the many layers that are found in York. However, to me this is outweighed by the harm it does to its setting and the character of the place, eclipsing a far more interesting streetscape than is presently seen. Demolish and leave as a clean open space, allowing the existing buildings to speak clearly. There are far better examples of this sort of thing afforded with statutory protection elsewhere. HoltonA

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