Art: Post-War London

If Hitler tries hard enough, he may yet succeed in doing what Architect Sir Christopher Wren tried and failed to do nearly 300 years ago—rebuild the capital of the British Empire. To plan post-war London, Britain's Royal Academy formed in 1940 a Planning Committee consisting of 25 distinguished architects and civic leaders. The committee was headed by famed Civic-Developer Sir Charles Bressey (68) and Architect Sir Edwin Lutyens (73), designer of London's Cenotaph and Washington's British Embassy.

Last month crowds jampacked London's Royal Academy to see the results of the committee's work—50 maps,...

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