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Kingsley Court

A Grade II Listed Building in Willesden Green, Brent

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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

Plus Code: 9C3XGQXC+XJ

Entry Name: Kingsley Court

Listing Date: 24 November 2000

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1247239

English Heritage Legacy ID: 486890

Location: Willesden Green, Brent, London, NW2

County: Brent

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

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Listing Text

24-NOV-00 Willesden
Kingsley Court


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

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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