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Course Exposes Imposter!

Whilst measuring doorcases around Bloomsbury for our annual Orders exercise, the AA Building Conservation Course were shocked and dismayed to discover that the well-known, often-photographed GII* listed doorcase at 6 Great Ormond Street is in fact a modern fibreglass replica!!

The image on the left shows the door as it is today, on the right  in as it appeared in 1975 in Dan Cruickshank’s London; The Art of Georgian Building. The listing description of 1951 describes it as having a …wooden doorcase with fluted Ionic half columns carrying entablature with mutule pediment…

Can anyone shed any light on when this heinous crime happened? Was Listed Building Consent Granted?