The studios named after it are protected. Now the famed Abbey Road crossing will be.
The UK Telegraph reports that tourism minister John Penrose will announce Wednesday that the famed crossing where the “Abbey Road” cover was photographed will be given Grade II-listed status.
UPDATE: Beatles’ Abbey Road crossing becomes landmark: how it happened, what it means
It’s the first time a road has been so designated. The Grade II listing Grade II listing designates that a building or monument is considered of special interest and important to the country.
Abbey Road Studios was granted Grade II status in February. In making the declaration, Simon Thurley, Chief Executive of English Heritage said, “Some of the most defining sounds of the 20th century were created within the walls of the Abbey Road Studios. English Heritage has long recognised the cultural importance of Abbey Road. It contains, quite simply, the most famous recording studios in the world which act as a modern day monument to the history of recorded sound and music. The listing of the building is a welcome acknowledgement of the contribution the studios have made to our musical heritage, and we hope that in some form, they can continue to play a role in inspiring the musicians of the future.”
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