Google Doodle Commemorates Architect Sir George Gilbert Scott

Search engine giant Google has celebrated the 200th birthday of British architect Sir George Gilbert Scott, the man who designed the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.

Born on 13th July 1811, Scott, who received his knighthood in 1872, has designed around 800 buildings that include workhouses, asylums, churches and hospitals.

According to this Wikipedia article about him, Scott was responsible for the restoration of 16 of the UK’s 26 medieval churches, and more than 600 of the structures designed or restored by him are listed buildings.

The Google Doodle honouring Scott, who designed the St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh, has been created by UK based illustrator Satoshi Kambayashi. The Doodle shows the Midland Grand Hotel in London, which has recently reopened 138 years after it was designed by Scott.

The hotel was opened first in 1873 after Scott won a competition to design it. It was later closed and taken over by British Rail to be used as an office. Interestingly, the hotel was on the verge of being demolished in 1966 but was saved by a campaign spearheaded by Sir John Betjeman.

Google regularly introduces Google Doodle's to celebrate personalities from history who they deem worthy of the honour.