Ringo Starr - Heritage Bosses Reject Protection Order For Starr's Home
Officials at English Heritage turned down the chance to save RINGO STARR's birthplace from demolition after branding the house an "unremarkable building".
The organisation works to preserve areas of historical significance in Britain, and earlier this month (Dec10) the U.K.'s Minister for Tourism and Heritage, John Penrose, gave protected status to the pedestrian crossing featured on the cover of The Beatles' Abbey Road album.
The decision was based on advice given to Penrose by bosses at English Heritage - and it has now emerged they also ruled a property in Liverpool, England where the Fab Four's drummer was born does not "fulfil" the criteria needed to earn a preservation order.
That decision effectively gives the green light to a proposal by officials in Liverpool to demolish the property, at 9 Madryn Street.
According to architecture website BDOnline, the report from English Heritage states, "After examining all the papers on this file and other relevant information and having carefully considered the architectural and historic interest of this case, the criteria for listing are not fulfilled."
A spokeswoman for English Heritage tells the website, "The zebra crossing has been listed... as a celebration of The Beatles' renown, and for its phenomenally strong group value with the Abbey Road recording studios... We did not recommend 9 Madryn Street for listing, however, as it lacks the undeniable Beatles connection of other sites, and is an otherwise unremarkable building historically and architecturally."