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Once-derided British Library given historic building status

Once-derided British Library given historic building status

The British Library, once called "one of the ugliest buildings in the world" in Parliament, has been made a Grade-I listed building in England. That's the top ranking on the nation's Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. Designed by Colin St. John Wilson, the modern building was completed in 1998, nine years behind schedule and $546 million over budget. Along the way, the building was the subject of much derision. Prince Charles was one of its most high-profile critics, describing it as "a dim collection of sheds groping for some symbolic significance" and likening its reading room to "the assembly hall of an academy...

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