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2 and 2a, Grantchester Road

A Grade II Listed Building in Newnham, Cambridgeshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.197 / 52°11'49"N

Longitude: 0.1003 / 0°6'1"E

OS Eastings: 543644

OS Northings: 257497

OS Grid: TL436574

Mapcode National: GBR L7G.85P

Mapcode Global: VHHK8.P1CL

Entry Name: 2 and 2a, Grantchester Road

Listing Date: 12 April 2000

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1392069

English Heritage Legacy ID: 498041

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB3

County: Cambridgeshire

Electoral Ward/Division: Newnham

Built-Up Area: Cambridge

Traditional County: Cambridgeshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cambridgeshire

Church of England Parish: Cambridge St Mark

Church of England Diocese: Ely

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Listing Text

CAMBRIDGE

TL45NW GRANTCHESTER ROAD
667/20/10108 2 & 2A
12-APR-00

II
Pair of houses with garages, one with studio. 1961-4 by Colin St John Wilson, that with studio for himself, the other for Dr Peter Squire. Frank Newby engineer. 8" x 16" concrete block made with crushed Abergele limestone and waterproof white cement with white aggregate concrete beams exposed. Similarly-planned houses, that for Wilson set behind office range which projects to building line to front, and which has first-floor drawing office set over colonnade into forecourt patio. L' shaped houses, with staircases on corner, that to Dr Squire's house a spiral stair, and living rooms in projecting rear wing, that to Wilson's house of double-height with library balcony. Garages to right of each plot a continuous part of the composition, the regular colonnaded facade described by Colin Rowe as the smallest monument in Cambridge'. Double-glazed sashes to smaller windows, large single double-glazed panes to living rooms. Interiors of fair-faced blockwork except in bedrooms and bathroom which are plastered. Dark stained timber to doors and stairs, and white rubber floorings. Wilson's kitchen retains its original cupboards.

Included as a powerful, uncompromising design, at once modern yet classical in its formality. `These are two of the best houses produced in this country within the last few years' (Architect and Building News 7 July 1965). `A study of rationalised and variable urban row house series and a rigorous and groundbreaking exercise in the use of naked concrete blockwork. His own house was a small monument with its cubic double height living room, its insistent columniation, its austere materials.' (Martin Richardson in Colin St John Wilson, RIBA, 1997, p.19.) Two of only three private houses designed by Sir Colin St John Wilson in the 1960s, and of particular interest in including a house and studio for himself.

Sources
Architect and Building News 7 July 1965, pp.11-15
Architectural Design, November 1965, pp.546-9
Byggekunst, no.3, 1967, pp.70-1
Colin St John Wilson, Architect, n.d. c.1972
Colin St John Wilson, RIBA, 1997

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