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Design for a triumphal arch commemorating the freedom of the seas

RIBA3907
Benard, Charles Joachim (b. 1750)
NOTES: This unexecuted design is said to commemorate the Treaty of Versailles of 1783.

Design for a monument

RIBA3932
Gandy, Joseph Michael (1771-1843)

Brandenburg Gate and the Quadriga, Berlin

RIBA4917
Langhans, Carl Gotthard (1732-1808)
NOTES: The gate was designed by Carl Gotthard Langans in 1799-1791.The sculpture of the Quadriga with Viktoria above the gate was made by Johann Gottfried Schadow and added in 1793.

Lenin Memorial, Holford Square, Finsbury, London

RIBA5250
Lubetkin, Berthold (1901-1990)
NOTES: In 1942 during the siege of Leningrad the Foreign Office suggested to Finsbury Borough Council that a memorial should be erected to Lenin who had briefly lived at 30, Holford Square in 1902-1903. Only part of this house remained as the square had been almost obliterated by enemy action. The blandishments of the Foreign Office together with Lubetkin's more forceful arguments convinced Finsbury Council to take appropriate action and the memorial was unveiled in May, 1942 with the Foreign Secretary, Anthony Eden, and the Russian ambassador in attendance. The bust, however, was quickly defaced by vandals and after an acrimonious dispute that led to questions being raised in Parliament, Lubetkin and a few fellow members of Tecton took the matter into their own hands, removed the structure with a crane and buried it in a grave in Holford Square. Lubetkin's idea that the square should be laid out as a new housing estate eventually came to fruition, but Lenin's image was replaced by one of Ernest Bevin (1881-1951), the Minister of Labour in the war-time coalition government and Foreign Secretary in the post-war Labour Government.
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