NEW CORNICE TOPPING THE MID 19C FACADE
The undistinguished 20C 'brick portacabin' floor when topped by the new, late 20C Cornice, is brought into scale with the whole 300'0"-long 80'0"-high facade, the biggest 'town' (rather than 'gown') facade in 'old' Cambridge.
The squalid scale of the 20C addition, like a shed for water-tanks, can be imagined by removing the cornice. The remedy not only cost far far less than demolising this topmost floor and rebuilding it , but gave Cambridge the additional benefit of a grand, polychromatic, piece of Architecture. In addition to this, there is no legal right, under British planning law, to reinstate either a whole building or part of a building (if the latter is a 'listed' building), were it to be demolished, for any reason. The permission of the Planning authority has always to be asked.
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