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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
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1385862
English Heritage Legacy ID: 471281
Location: Southwark, London, SE15
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
TQ3576 ST MARY'S ROAD
636-1/12/725 (East side)
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
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
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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