Posted by: crisdiaz24 | May 6, 2009

LISTED BUILDINGS IN THE UK AND THE USA

LISTED BUILDINGS IN THE UK and THE USA

Buildings in the UK which are considered to (1) __________ of special architectural or historical interest are placed (2) __________ an official list in order to protect them (3)__________ law. The owner of a listed building cannot make any alterations to it (4)__________ first receiving permission or “listed” building consent”, (5) __________ the local planning authority.

Buildings are graded to show their relative significance. In England and Wales there are currently three grades, I, II* and II, with Grade I buildings (6) __________ the most important. Buckingham Palace is an example of a Grade I listed building.

There are approximately half a million listed buildings in England. They are mainly old buildings, although there are also a (7) __________ examples of modern architecture, such as the BT Tower in London, as well as bridges, sculptures, signposts, lampposts, bandstands, seaside piers and telephone boxes.

(8) __________ as in the UK, historical and artistic American buildings are also protected. These are called landmarked buildings. (9) __________ landmark preservation laws vary by city and state, they have the same basic purpose: to keep landmarks as close to their original condition as possible. (10) __________ buildings comprise the Chrysler Building, Brooklyn Bridge and the Statue of Liberty in New York, Alcatraz in San Francisco, Cape Canaveral in Florida, Ernest Hemingway’s house on Key West, The Alamo in Texas, Abraham Lincoln’s home in Illinois.

VOCABULARY

Listed buildings:  A building of great historical or artistic value which has official protection to prevent it from being changed or destroyed. Edificios protegidos por su interés histórico o arquitectónico.

Bandstand: A covered place where musical groups can play outside.  Quioscos de música.

Pier:    A low structure built at the edge of water, used especially for getting into and out of boats.  A long structure sticking out from the land over the sea, along which people can walk or to which large boats can be tied and which sometimes has restaurants, etc. on it. Embarcadero; paseo con juegos y atracciones sobre un muelle.

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