Quotation by Charles, Prince Of Wales

It looks as if we may be presented with a kind of vast municipal fire station.... What is proposed is like a monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much loved and elegant friend.
Charles, Prince Of Wales (b. 1948). Speech, May 30, 1984, to Royal Institute of British Architects. Quoted in Times (London, May 31, 1984).

Referring to the proposed extension to London's National Gallery, a design which, in the furore which followed Charles's attack, was rejected in favor of a more classical structure. Charles's words may have been inspired by a passage recently written by Princess Diana's step-mother, Raine Spencer, in The Spencers on Spas (1983): "Alas, for our towns and cities. Monstrous carbuncles of concrete have erupted in gentle Georgian squares." Prince Charles has established himself in the forefront of the traditional v. modern debate in architecture, not hiding his exasperation with postmodern and high-tech: "You have to give this much to the Luftwaffe: when it knocked down our buildings it did not replace them with anything more offensive than rubble. We did that." (speech, Dec. 2, 1987, Mansion House, London).
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