North London church becomes listed building

 The Catholic Church of St William of York in Stanmore, Harrow, has been Grade II listed, Culture Minister David Lammy announced yesterday. The decision to list the church, which is located on Du Cross Drive, was taken following advice from English Heritage, the Government's expert advisors on the built environment. English Heritage has described the building as "a church of exceptional quality." Culture Minister David Lammy said: "The church is a fine, robust, yet simple building and an outstanding example of creative design. Its elegance and carefully crafted detail merits protection as one of the few examples of Corfiato architecture in England today." Hector O Corfiatio designed the church in 1959-60. He was a French architect noted for teaching in the classical Beaux Arts tradition and was Professor of Architecture at the Bartlett School, London. Strict adherence to Corfiato's designs for the church has resulted in a high quality building where every element has a consistency of approach. The listing follows a six week public consultation where public and interested parties put their views to the Government. Source: Archbishops House

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