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Latitude: 51.5499 / 51°32'59"N
Longitude: -0.2284 / 0°13'42"W
OS Eastings: 522931
OS Northings: 184930
OS Grid: TQ229849
Mapcode National: GBR BC.12D
Mapcode Global: VHGQR.093Q
Entry Name: Kingsley Court
Listing Date: 24 November 2000
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1247239
English Heritage Legacy ID: 486890
Location: Brent, London, NW2
Electoral Ward/Division: Willesden Green
Built-Up Area: Brent
Traditional County: Middlesex
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London
Church of England Parish: Willesden St Andrew
Church of England Diocese: London
935/0/10065 PARK AVENUE NORTH NW2
Block of 54 flats. 1933-4 by Peter Caspari for Davis Estates. Banded rendered brick and rendered elevations with concrete floors and flat roof. Curved, organic `Z'-shaped plan on acute angled site. Six storeys. Metal windows, those to the principal rooms with margin lights and strong horizontal banded glazing bars between projecting concrete lintels and sills which emphasise the horizontal, linear quality of the composition. Two entrances, one serving Park Avenue North wing of the `Z', the other that with an additional frontage on Chapter Road. The Park Avenue North entrance is at the widest point of the block, under curved concrete canopy and with a long access gallery to the side between brick balustrades and banded corner brick pilasters. That to Chapter Road has a convex clerestory over, with rendered bands between the lines of glazing, and set-back staircase behind. Courtyard elevation to rear of unbanded brick. Interiors not inspected.
This is one of the first blocks of flats in an expressionist style in England, and the first work here by Peter Caspari, a former assistant of Erich Mendelsohn and like him a refugee here in 1933. The banded horizontals and use of curves is more sophisticated than that by any comparable British architect and shows the influence of Mendelsohn. This is the most eloquent of Caspari's blocks of flats, and one of his few English works; after the Second World War he emigrated to Canada.
Charlotte Benton, A Different World, Emigré Architects in Britain 1928-1958, London, RIBA 1995, p.147
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