If being the largest public building to be built in the twentieth century wasn’t kudos enough, the iconic British Library has finally been granted the prestige of a Grade I listing. That’s kind of a big deal considering the five-floor, red-brick building, designed by Sir Colin St John Wilson and MJ Long, took 37 years to construct, only to be slated as an eyesore, a waste of money and the 'ugliest building in the world'. Harsh. But now the architectural A-lister, which is home to more than 150 million items, joins an exclusive club of the top 2.5 percent of listed buildings in England. How’s that for last laughs?
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