The Elena Ceaușescu Hotel, Worcester

This single building, writes Dalrymple,

managed to ruin an entire city; an 18th-century terrace of houses in the vicinity of the ancient cathedral was pulled down to make way for a large, grey, concrete rectangular slab that would not have been out of place in the suburbs of Moscow. (Someone I knew rescued the wainscoting of the demolished houses, which otherwise would have been thrown away.)

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