Ugly building

Ugly building

Ugly building

First published in Letters by

ON Saturday I attended a meeting about Stonebow House at the Central Methodist Church.

There was a speaker who was an architect and liked the buildings, which was his choice. He called it “brutal” which is a good word. I would describe it as ugly. Stonebow House, because of its size will always have a problem of integrating into a medieval street.

What also came out of the meeting was there was a lot of local prejudice about the building and since living in York since 1985, I have never found anybody who likes it.

Many people are tired of the subject and no action. It would be great to see the way the White Swan is improving... happening at Stonebow.

Timothy Wynn, Dodgson Terrace, Acomb, York.

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10:56am Fri 1 Aug 14

Pinza-C55 says...

The White Swan is basically an attractive building which has been allowed to rot for decades.
As for Stonebow there's a saying that "you can't polish a turd" and although I am sure the architects know far better than "we" do, they appear to be in a tiny minority and the majority should rule the day.
The White Swan is basically an attractive building which has been allowed to rot for decades. As for Stonebow there's a saying that "you can't polish a turd" and although I am sure the architects know far better than "we" do, they appear to be in a tiny minority and the majority should rule the day. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 23

1:20pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Jonothon says...

Don't be taken in, you may find an architect who thinks it is cool to defend the Stonebow abomination, but there are many more who take the opposite view.
We should not allow ourselves to be browbeaten by experts and instead trust our own judgement. There are a couple of good examples of brutalist buildings, but Stonebow house is not one of them
Don't be taken in, you may find an architect who thinks it is cool to defend the Stonebow abomination, but there are many more who take the opposite view. We should not allow ourselves to be browbeaten by experts and instead trust our own judgement. There are a couple of good examples of brutalist buildings, but Stonebow house is not one of them Jonothon
  • Score: 16

2:48pm Fri 1 Aug 14

bravo whisky says...

Demolish ASAP.
Demolish ASAP. bravo whisky
  • Score: 20

4:10pm Sat 2 Aug 14

ouseswimmer says...

There are simply no positives with this lump of concrete brutal or non-brutal. I would never employ an architect who likes it. I suggest an I.M. Pei glass pyramid take its place.
There are simply no positives with this lump of concrete brutal or non-brutal. I would never employ an architect who likes it. I suggest an I.M. Pei glass pyramid take its place. ouseswimmer
  • Score: 6

5:19pm Sat 2 Aug 14

iYorky says...

Whatever 'we' think about this building, 'we' really don't have a say in what happens in the long-term. The owners can not be forced to demolish, and the I believe the council really can't do anything about that.
I love the way people think they have a say in such a matter.
Whatever 'we' think about this building, 'we' really don't have a say in what happens in the long-term. The owners can not be forced to demolish, and the I believe the council really can't do anything about that. I love the way people think they have a say in such a matter. iYorky
  • Score: -3

8:15pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Nikonlumix says...

I was also at the same event (This was the 2nd event that had been held) I was their with the speaker Helen Graham (York Living with History) as part of York Past and Present we have been working with them.

I have to say it was an interesting meeting and after the first 2 meetings there still is a lot to be discusses regarding this issue.

Lets hope whatever the outcome its a sensible one
I was also at the same event (This was the 2nd event that had been held) I was their with the speaker Helen Graham (York Living with History) as part of York Past and Present we have been working with them. I have to say it was an interesting meeting and after the first 2 meetings there still is a lot to be discusses regarding this issue. Lets hope whatever the outcome its a sensible one Nikonlumix
  • Score: 4

8:16pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Freeda says...

I think Stonebow is the ugliest building in York and would be relieved to see it razed to the ground.
I think Stonebow is the ugliest building in York and would be relieved to see it razed to the ground. Freeda
  • Score: 11

11:01pm Sat 2 Aug 14

Pinza-C55 says...

iYorky wrote:
Whatever 'we' think about this building, 'we' really don't have a say in what happens in the long-term. The owners can not be forced to demolish, and the I believe the council really can't do anything about that.
I love the way people think they have a say in such a matter.
What you say is true at the moment but if the council gains control of the building they will decide it's fate. I would cheer them and thd bulldozers all the way.
[quote][p][bold]iYorky[/bold] wrote: Whatever 'we' think about this building, 'we' really don't have a say in what happens in the long-term. The owners can not be forced to demolish, and the I believe the council really can't do anything about that. I love the way people think they have a say in such a matter.[/p][/quote]What you say is true at the moment but if the council gains control of the building they will decide it's fate. I would cheer them and thd bulldozers all the way. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 10

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