Sir Giles Gilbert Scott

1880 - 1960

English architect. Born in Hampstead (London), the grandson of another notable architect, Sir George Gilbert Scott (1811-78). Gilbert Scott was educated at Beaumont College (Windsor).

One of Britain's most successful architects, Gilbert Scott was responsible for a large number of churches and public buildings. In Scotland, he designed St. Columba's Roman Catholic Cathedral in Oban (Argyll and Bute). He was also responsible for Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral, which is the largest cathedral in Britain, Battersea Power Station (London), Bankside Power Station, which is now the Tate Modern Art Gallery (also in London). Gilbert Scott is perhaps best known for that uniquely British symbol, the classic red telephone box.

Scott was knighted in 1924 after the consecration of the first section of Liverpool Cathedral. He died in University College Hospital (London) and was buried beside his cathedral in Liverpool.

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