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An Introduction to Hampstead Modernism Walk

Saturday 5 August 2023

Start time/place: 10.00 at Isokon Gallery, Lawn Road, London NW3 2XD 

Finish time/place: 1.00 pm at 2 Willow Road which is within easy reach of Hampstead tube

Starting from Belsize Park tube, we begin with Wells Coates’s Isokon Flats, a significant historical landmark with a dramatic conservation story in the 1990s. The Isokon Gallery displays aspects of the project and the people involved, with a vivid sense of the period. On the route, we shall see 1930s Modernist houses in the Frognal area – one by Maxwell Fry, the other by Connell Ward & Lucas and further projects of the 1930s by Ernst Freud and Samuel & Harding finishing at Ernö Goldfinger’s terrace of three houses in Willow Road, viewing the exterior only. Booking for interior visits on:

The tour is focused on buildings, but there are many homes of artists, politicians, scientists and writers to note along the way, and many stories of pioneering figures who started their careers in this particularly attractive part of London.

There is a small exhibition currently showing at the Gallery, ‘Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Henry Moore, Piet Mondrian, Herbert Read’. A short film has been made about this, and can be watched in advance here: 

Further information about the exhibition can be seen here: 

Alan Powers is a leading expert on twentieth century British architecture and author of many books, including Bauhaus Goes West, 2019

Joe Mathieson is Assistant Architectural Advisor at the Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust and a C20 volunteer.

C20 Society Members: £15     Non-members: £20

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The Twentieth Century Society is an IHBC (Institute of Historic Building conservation) recognised CPD provider.

The Twentieth Century Society is a registered charity, no 1110244

Above: Isokon Flats, Wells Coates.

Photograph: Nick Kane.