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DIANE WATTERS, St Peter's, Cardross: Birth, Death and Renewal

DIANE WATTERS, St Peter's, Cardross: Birth, Death and Renewal Reviews DIANE WATTERS, St Peter’s, Cardross: Birth, Death and Renewal,Historic Environment Scotland, 2016,ISBN 978-1-8491-7223-3,£30 Louis Kahn said that a building reveals its true identity once under construction and again as a ruin: ‘The spirit of its making comes back. It welcomes foliage which entwines and conceals. Everyone who passes can hear the story it wants to tell about its making.’ But while it is in use, no one notices. St Peter’s Seminary, Cardross, was in use for a mere fourteen years, from 1966 to 1980. After it closed it briefly became a rehabilitation centre, then a contentious and celebrated ruin. A mythology grew up around it like the foliage that entwined it, and debate raged in the media. What should be done to save this great work of art, desecrated by its philistine owners, and left to rot by an uncaring society? And what of the unsung heroes of the building, the project architects, their reputations cruelly neglected, who created the ‘. . . most iconic ruin of the New Millennium?’ Architectural Heritage XXVII (2017): 119–131 © Edinburgh University Press www.euppublishing.com/arch Reviews Into this maelstrom of high emotion enters Diane Watters in a welcome reissue of her excellent book http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

DIANE WATTERS, St Peter's, Cardross: Birth, Death and Renewal

Architectural Heritage , Volume 27 (1): 4 – Nov 1, 2016

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Reviews DIANE WATTERS, St Peter’s, Cardross: Birth, Death and Renewal,Historic Environment Scotland, 2016,ISBN 978-1-8491-7223-3,£30 Louis Kahn said that a building reveals its true identity once under construction and again as a ruin: ‘The spirit of its making comes back. It welcomes foliage which entwines and conceals. Everyone who passes can hear the story it wants to tell about its making.’ But while it is in use, no one notices. St Peter’s Seminary, Cardross, was in use for a mere fourteen years, from 1966 to 1980. After it closed it briefly became a rehabilitation centre, then a contentious and celebrated ruin. A mythology grew up around it like the foliage that entwined it, and debate raged in the media. What should be done to save this great work of art, desecrated by its philistine owners, and left to rot by an uncaring society? And what of the unsung heroes of the building, the project architects, their reputations cruelly neglected, who created the ‘. . . most iconic ruin of the New Millennium?’ Architectural Heritage XXVII (2017): 119–131 © Edinburgh University Press www.euppublishing.com/arch Reviews Into this maelstrom of high emotion enters Diane Watters in a welcome reissue of her excellent book

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Architectural HeritageEdinburgh University Press

Published: Nov 1, 2016

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