World: Back Home at No. 10

Ending a three-year absence from their official residence, Prime Minister Macmillan and Lady Dorothy moved back into No. 10 Downing Street last week. But if their new tenure was uncertain, there was no mistaking the uproar over the remodeling project—one of the bureaucratic epics of modern British history.

Home for British Prime Ministers since 1735, No. 10 Downing has never been anyone's dream house. Jerry-built half a century earlier as a private residence by a Harvard-educated speculator, Sir George Downing, the Whitehall relic, four stories high, so depressed Melbourne that he refused to set foot in it. Haughty Margot Asquith called it...

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