Houses of Parliament

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(London). The competition for the Houses of Parliament was won in 1836 by Sir Charles Barry in the required ‘Gothic or Elizabethan’ style. Construction started in 1840, but the building was incomplete when Barry died 20 years later and was finished 1860–70 by his son Edward Middleton Barry (1830–80). Much of the detail, including the richly embellished interiors, is by A. W. N. Pugin. The House of Commons was destroyed in the Second World War but rebuilt by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and Adrian Scott in Gothic.

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