Today's Google doodle celebrates the greatest architect you've never heard of, Sir George Gilbert Scott. Today would have been the 200th birthday of the man who designed the Albert Memorial over the road from the Royal Albert Hall, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London, and St Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh.
The Buckinghamshire-born gothic revivalist designed 800 buildings, including churches, hospitals, workhouses, asylums and much more. He has 607 structures protected as listed buildings -- more than any other architect. He was also a prolific fixer-upper, restoring 18 of England's 26 medieval cathedrals. That earned him something of a reputation for vandalism among contemporaries, but his meticulous and loving restorations are now justly recognised for their devotion to the spirit of the original designs.
Scott was born on this day in 1811, was knighted in 1872, and died in 1878. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.
The doodle on Google's home page, drawn by Brighton-based illustrator Satoshi Kambayashi, depicts the Midland Grand Hotel at St Pancras station in London, which has just been restored and reopened 138 years after Scott's original design was completed.
Scott's sons were also noted architects, and his grandson, Giles Gilbert Scott, designed the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral aged just 21, as well as Battersea Power Station and the power station that's now the Tate Modern. Oh, and he was a Royal Marine and he designed red phone boxes. Honestly, could the guy have been any more British? We salute both Gilbert Scotts.
It's a good week for architecture fans at the big G: yesterday's doodle celebrated the unique blend of influences behind the 450-year-old onion-toppedin Red Square, Moscow.
Other innovators and eccentrics who have been similarly honoured by Google include Britain's own steam-age badassand the creator Roger Hargreaves. Pioneers of , , and have also been honoured, with Les Paul getting an awesome logo.