Google Doodle marks George Gilbert Scotts 200th birthday

first_imgYesterday’s Google Doodle celebrated the 450th anniversary of St Basil’s Cathedral in Russia, so it’s kind of fitting that the day after is the birthday of a man renowned for building them.Sir George Gilbert Scott would have been 200 today. The English architect was born on July 13th 1811 and over his 67 year life somehow managed to design and alter more than 800 buildings. That included work on 55 new churches, 16 church restorations, and 25 cathedrals.There are just too many of his buildings to list, but ones you may recognize include the Albert Memorial, St Pancras railway station, St Mary’s Cathedral, St John’s College, and Lichfield Cathedral. Thankfully Wikipedia comes to our aid and offers up a full list of his building achievements.Scott’s good work didn’t just extend to the buildings he created. Through his life he took many students under his wing who later made a name for themselves. Examples include his assistant William Bonython Moffat as well as pupils Charles Buckeridge, William Henry Crossland, and William White to name but a few.Architecture also ran in the family. Although Scott was the son of a clergyman, two of his sons (George and John) became well-known architects as did his grandson Giles Gilbert Scott.Scott was awarded the Royal Gold Medal for architecture in 1859 and then five years before his death in 1878 he was knighted. As a final honor his body was laid to rest in Westminster Abbey.We continue to enjoy the Google Doodles here at Geek.com, but Google has spoiled us with its animated and interactive doodles of late. We hope to see a return to them soon thrown in every so often between the celebratory pictures.last_img read more

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