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Latitude: 51.7997 / 51°47'58"N
Longitude: -0.3442 / 0°20'39"W
OS Eastings: 514275
OS Northings: 212522
OS Grid: TL142125
Mapcode National: GBR H7Q.3SV
Mapcode Global: VHFS1.Z1D6
Entry Name: Ferrum House with Garage, Terrace and Pool
Listing Date: 15 July 1998
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1375674
English Heritage Legacy ID: 469650
Location: Harpenden, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL5
District: St. Albans
Civil Parish: Harpenden
Built-Up Area: Harpenden
Traditional County: Hertfordshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Hertfordshire
Church of England Parish: Harpenden St John
Church of England Diocese: St.Albans
TL 11 SW HARPENDEN GRANGE COURT ROAD
Ferrum House, with garage,
Terrace and pool
Private house. 1963 (principal rectangular section), with later extension, by John S Bonnington for himself. Steel-framed upper storey resting on light yellow brick cross walls extending into garden. Flat roof. Largely rectangular building, with open plan, influenced by Mies van der Rohe. Entrance under overhanging upper storey with columbian pine boarded soffit. Windows of aluminium and double glazed, to full storey-height. First floor partly infilled with vertical cedar boarding. Three bays of tripartite glazing to garden front. Attached garage part of composition.
Interior features Swedish white glass mosaic floors throughout. Hardwood sliding doors and internal partitions. Open stair with timber treads and steel string and handrail, from hall to dining area, which connects to kitchen and living room. Sitka spruce boarded ceilings throughout together with certain internal partitions. Teak kitchen wall-to-wall counter-top and sink unit clear of floor and windows with white laminated cupboards below. Hi-fi recess in living room with built-in speakers in panelling. Fitted storage cupboards and wardrobes in bedrooms and ground floor passages. Portland stone paved terrace surrounding house, extending to garden pool.
One of the first examples of a steel-framed house in England. A fine and disciplined example with a rigorous open plan, surviving in immaculate condition.
Architectural Design (May 1965) p257-8
Architects' Hournal (2nd September 1970)
Hertfordshire Association of Architects; Architecture in Hertfordshire 1929-1979 (1979)
Listing NGR: TL1427512522
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