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HOW INSPIRATIONAL COULD HUDDERSFIELD BE?

LETTERS

Rob Gregory asked (Letters, AJ 15.09.05) who was the architect of the beautiful Casablancan structure he speculated could have been a forerunner to Huddersfield's Queensgate Market Hall.

I am indebted to Jean-Louis Cohen (co-author of Casablanca:

Colonial Myths and Architectural Ventures) for providing the answer.

The structure in question, the food market on Rue d'Agadir (1972-75), was the work of Jean-François Zévaco (1916-2003).

This raises the possibility that Huddersfield's market hall (1968-70) by the J Seymour Harris Partnership, with the structural engineers of Leonard and Partners, could have inspired both Zevaco and Paul Andreu in designing his station at Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris (1972-1976) (pictured above).

Christopher Marsden, Huddersfield

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