66 Frognal, Hampstead
London NW3 6DX
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International Style in Hampstead. This huge house was build by renowned firm Cornell, Ward & Lucas famed for building the first truly modern house High & Over in Amersham. This design shares elements of its front elevation with another Colin Lucas design, Bracken in Wentworth which was unfortunately demolished in 2003 without permission.
Despite being within yards of Maxwell Fry’s Sun House (1935), the 1938 house was subject of a lengthy planning battle. Client Geoffrey Walford however was not put off describing the process of building his home as being “an experience of intense interest and delight”. The house survived the war, but unfortunately Walford had to sell and the house passed through a few owners till its restoration and updates around 2000.
Hampstead and Highgate boast a number of fine Art Deco and Modernist buildings such as Highpoint, Lawns Road Flats, Willow Road. Keep a eye on the Open City London listings each year for which ones are open to the public.
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