Earlier this week, Google paid tribute to renowned English architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, the designer of the iconic red telephone box.
The Google Doodle, which marked the celebration of Sir Giles’ 140th birthday on Monday 9th November, featured six red telephone boxes each containing a separate illustration and letter making up the word ‘Google’. It was designed by UK-based Jing Zhang.
Born in London on 9th November 1880, Sir Giles came from a Roman Catholic family of significant architects.
At the age of 21 and with no existing buildings to his credit, Sir Giles won a competition to design Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral. The decision proved quite contentious at the time, given Sir Giles’ Catholic faith. During this time, Sir Giles also designed and built his first complete church, the Roman Catholic Church of the Annunciation in Bournemouth. Throughout his life, Sir Giles also worked on many other church buildings.
While working in Liverpool, he met and married Louise Wallbank Hughes, a receptionist at the Adelphi Hotel in the city centre. His mother was reportedly displeased to learn that she was a Protestant.
Sir Giles died on 8th February 1960 at the age of 79. He was working on designs for the Roman Catholic Church of Christ the King, Plymouth, when he developed lung cancer. He continued to revise his designs in University College Hospital until his death.
Sir Giles is now remembered as one of the most prominent and influential architects of the 20th century. As well as Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral, he worked on some of the most culturally significant landmarks throughout Britain, including Battersea Power Station, the New Bodleian Library and Cambridge University Library. However, the work he is perhaps best known for is the red telephone box.
Picture: A screenshot of the Google Doodle honouring Sir Giles Gilbert Scott.