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London in Lockdown: 1940s and 1950s




London in Lockdown: 1940s and 1950s. 

Thursday 13th May 2021 at 6.30 pm.  Presented by John East.

Following on from John’s ‘Inter-War London in Lockdown’ lectures in January, the society’s ‘unofficial photographer’ has been on his bike again, and revisited buildings in London from the period 1945-1960.

Starting from the end of the World War 2, John will look at the architecture that followed the birth of the welfare state, the Festival of Britain style, buildings of the ‘New Elizabethan’ era, through to the optimism of post-war modernism, Miesian office blocks and the stirrings of what would become ‘New Brutalism’.  He will show us well known buildings as well as those which you might not have come across before. Many of the photographs were taken over the past year, and with some interiors from earlier C20 Society visits.  The buildings are increasingly under threat and John will look at those that have become casework for the Society. 

If you have missed John’s previous ‘London in Lockdown’ talks you can catch them again: 1920s  here and 1930s here.

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Above: Hallfield Estate, Paddington, designed by Tecton, and construction supervised by Drake and Lasdun (1947-56). Photograph: John East.

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