Nikolaus Pevsner

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Sir Nikolaus Pevsner (1902-01-301983-08-18) was a German-born historian of art and architecture.


  • A bicycle shed is a building; Lincoln Cathedral is a piece of architecture. Nearly everything that encloses space on a scale sufficient for a human being to move in is a building; the term architecture applies only to buildings designed with a view to aesthetic appeal.
    • An Outline of European Architecture (Harmondsworth: Penguin, [1942] 1957), p. 23.

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