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One nation under McDonald’s

Election night at the US embassy in London

By James McAuley  

(photo: US embassy London)

The US embassy is not an inspiring building. Designed by the celebrated Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen—responsible for the otherwise remarkable structures of Washington’s Dulles Airport terminal and St Louis’s famous archway—the Chancery, completed in 1960, is nothing but a colossal industrial brick flanking one end of Grosvenor Square. It can only be described as “pre-Ikea.”

Not to say that it doesn’t have its charm. The statue of Ronald Reagan (who else?)…

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