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Sassoon House

A Grade II Listed Building in Nunhead, London

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.4713 / 51°28'16"N

Longitude: -0.054 / 0°3'14"W

OS Eastings: 535259

OS Northings: 176494

OS Grid: TQ352764

Mapcode National: GBR JD.32D

Mapcode Global: VHGR7.08TZ

Entry Name: Sassoon House

Listing Date: 17 September 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1385862

English Heritage Legacy ID: 471281

Location: Southwark, London, SE15

County: London

District: Southwark

Electoral Ward/Division: Nunhead

Built-Up Area: Southwark

Traditional County: Surrey

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Greater London

Church of England Parish: Peckham St Mary Magdalene

Church of England Diocese: Southwark

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Listing Text


SOUTHWARK

TQ3576 ST MARY'S ROAD
636-1/12/725 (East side)
Sassoon House

II

Block of flats. 1934. By E Maxwell Fry; interior arrangements
in collaboration with Elizabeth Denby. Outer walls of concrete
with cork insulation inside. 2 rows of stanchions down the
spine of the building form the main supports, the beams
projecting as cantilevers to either side; floors suspended
between these beams. The walls have shallow foundations, the
main weight of the structure being carried on the stanchions.
The concrete is reinforced. Roof parapeted, recently
recovered.
STYLE: International Modern
PLAN: rectangular in plan.
EXTERIOR: 5 storeys; projecting, glazed stair tower to the
north, 6 storeys providing access to roof. Continuous
balconies to north from which each flat entered; recessed
balconies and strip windows to the south; projecting balconies
to end bays. Spur wall with words R.E.SASSOON HOUSE enclosing
parking area to north. All windows are flat-arched. Recent
alterations to original glazing and parapet. Horseman in red,
black and white vitrolite to stair hall, designed by Hans
Feibusch.
INTERIOR: not inspected.
HISTORICAL NOTE: conceived as part of a larger housing complex
to be centred on the Pioneer Health Centre, now Southwark
Adult Education Institute, St Mary's Road (qv), and partly
funded by charitable donations from Lady Sassoon; these
working-class flats were intended to be self-financing.
Notices in the architectural press at the time of completion
praised the planning and in particular what were considered to
be 'substantial living rooms', each of which opens onto a
balcony that was intended as a sheltered play area for
children. Unusually each kitchen was fitted with standard
units and a combination heater/cooking stove; each flat had a
separate bathroom at a time when baths were usually located in
the kitchen. An important early instance of working-class
housing in a Modernist idiom.
(Architect's Journal, 26 April 1934; Architect and Building
News, 23 November 1934).


Listing NGR: TQ3525976494

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