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Hawksmoor heaven: a forgotten masterpiece lies neglected in the heart of London. (travel).

Despite being hailed as Hawksmoor's greatest London church, and classified as a Grade I Listed Building by English Heritage, St George's has mysteriously slipped through the heritage net. Situated south of the British Museum, in the heart of tourist London, St George's was built between 1720-30. The last of eight churches designed by Nicholas Hawksmoor, a protege of Christopher Wren, it boasts what Nicholas Pevsner describes as "the most grandiose of London's 18th-century church fronts." This south portico is a copy of the Temple of Baalbeck, Lebanon, and the tower -- topped by a statue of George I -- was based on the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the seven wonders of the world.

The last major repairs were undertaken a century ago and weathering has taken its toll. Refurbishment of the roof, windows, railings, floors and furnishings are required at a cost of 5million [pounds sterling].

In October 2001, at the time of Watch Listing, The World Monuments Fund in Britain was given a generous gift of 2.5million [pounds sterling] from the estate of Paul Mellon towards the restoration. And this St Georges' Day, 23 April, WMF in Britain will launch an appeal with the Parish Council to raise the remaining 2.5million [pounds sterling] to complete the work.

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Title Annotation:Nicholas Hawksmoor
Author:Haines, Miranda
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 1, 2002
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