The refugee who opened our eyes to the manmade beauty of Britain | Ian Jack

By Ian Jack

No one has done more to make us understand our built environment – and next week sees the launch of the final book in Nikolaus Pevsner's guide series

One of the greatest cultural projects ever undertaken in Britain reaches a climax next Thursday in the undeserved obscurity of Paisley's museum and art gallery. In the town's finest neoclassical building (“its elegant elevational reserve and exquisite detail justly compared to … the precedent of Karl Friedrich Schinkel”), a modest party will celebrate the publication of the volume in the Buildings of Scotland series devoted to Lanarkshire and Renfrewshire. There can be no more fitting place to do it: Paisley is Renfrewshire's biggest town, and the home to some of Scotland's finest architecture.

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Source: The refugee who opened our eyes to the manmade beauty of Britain | Ian Jack