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Raft of post-war houses listed

Architecture minister John Penrose has listed a another clutch of Modernist houses on the back of an extensive study into post-war homes by English Heritage

The latest gems handed Grade II listings include a quartet of homes designed by tutors at the Cambridge School of Architecture.

They include the 39 New Road, Barton by Gasson and Meunier in 1965; the 1971 timber-framed house in Chesterton Road, Cambridge, by Marcial who later became the school’s head in 2004;  and 72 and 74 Water Lane, Histon, by David Thurlow drawn up in 1972.

Last week it emerged the minister had given statutory protection to both Alison and Peter Smithson’s Sugden House (1965) and the 1958 Domus house in Burnley by little known architect Alan Chambers - and more listings of post-war homes are expected.

Speaking about the latest listing success, English Heritage’s designation team leader Tony Calladine, said: ‘[We] are pleased to be able to recognise them as nationally outstanding buildings for their innovative, intellectual and ambitious  approach to low-cost family housing; striking in their use of simple brick and/or timber construction and open plans.’ 

The 1971 timber-framed house at 214 Chesterton Road, Cambridge by Marcial Echenique

Source: James O Davies English Heritage

The 1971 timber-framed house at 214 Chesterton Road, Cambridge by Marcial Echenique

‘They have the remarkable connection that their designers all taught at the Cambridge School of Architecture at the time the houses were designed .

‘The University connection has ensured that Cambridge has the best group of architect-designed modern houses outside London, and these are amongst the finest surviving examples, joining works already listed by Colin St John Wilson and John Meunier.’

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