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Façadism. Retention of the front or exterior of a building even though the interior is completely gutted and replaced: this may be thought necessary because of the contribution the exterior or the façade makes to a street or to the townscape. Purists might question the wisdom of Façadism, but there is no doubt that places such as the terraces around Regent's Park, London, would be the poorer had the works by Nash and others been completely demolished.


J. Richards (1994)