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Hollamby's Lambeth

Southwyck House, Image John East




Thursday 30 July 18.15 for a 18.30 start

Edward Hollamby was an architect, town planner and architectural conservationist who worked for London County Council from the late 1940s, before becoming the Lambeth Council's Borough Architect and then Director of Architecture, Planning and Development, a post that he held until 1981.  During this period he and his team (including architects such as George Finch, Magda Boroweicka and Kate Macintosh) were responsible for the design of some of the most interesting and iconic council housing and public sector architecture of the 1960s and 70s.  Using John East's photographs and archive material, Edmund Bird will look at his career, appraising the housing projects, civic, education, leisure and employment buildings as well as his strategy for conservation (he was one of the first architects to develop conservation led schemes and as a disciple of William Morris restored the Red House which was purchased and gifted to the National Trust in 2003).  Schemes which Edmund will discuss include Lambeth Towers, Brixton's Barrier Block as well as the Central Hill Estate, Cressingham Gardens, 263 Leigham Park Road and Brixton Recreation Centre, all of which have been cases for the Society. 

Edmund Bird was Head of Conservation & Design at Lambeth in 1996-2003 before moving on to the same position at Camden, then to the GLA and TfL where he is now. He has published a five volume architectural history of Lambeth 1837-2000

John East is a long-standing member of the Society, and is known as the Society's 'unofficial photographer'.   Together, they collaborated on the publications:  Lambeth Post War Architecture - 1945-1965, and Lambeth Post War Architecture - 1965-1999.

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The event is free but we welcome donations towards C20’s campaigning here.

The Twentieth Century Society is a registered charity, no 1110244.