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Statutory Address:

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

Greater London Authority
Southwark (London Borough)
National Grid Reference:
TQ 35259 76494



TQ3576 ST MARY'S ROAD 636-1/12/725 (East side) Sassoon House


Block of flats. 1934. By E Maxwell Fry; interior arrangements in collaboration with Elizabeth Denby. Outer walls of concrete with cork insulation inside. 2 rows of stanchions down the spine of the building form the main supports, the beams projecting as cantilevers to either side; floors suspended between these beams. The walls have shallow foundations, the main weight of the structure being carried on the stanchions. The concrete is reinforced. Roof parapeted, recently recovered. STYLE: International Modern PLAN: rectangular in plan. EXTERIOR: 5 storeys; projecting, glazed stair tower to the north, 6 storeys providing access to roof. Continuous balconies to north from which each flat entered; recessed balconies and strip windows to the south; projecting balconies to end bays. Spur wall with words R.E.SASSOON HOUSE enclosing parking area to north. All windows are flat-arched. Recent alterations to original glazing and parapet. Horseman in red, black and white vitrolite to stair hall, designed by Hans Feibusch. INTERIOR: not inspected. HISTORICAL NOTE: conceived as part of a larger housing complex to be centred on the Pioneer Health Centre, now Southwark Adult Education Institute, St Mary's Road (qv), and partly funded by charitable donations from Lady Sassoon; these working-class flats were intended to be self-financing. Notices in the architectural press at the time of completion praised the planning and in particular what were considered to be 'substantial living rooms', each of which opens onto a balcony that was intended as a sheltered play area for children. Unusually each kitchen was fitted with standard units and a combination heater/cooking stove; each flat had a separate bathroom at a time when baths were usually located in the kitchen. An important early instance of working-class housing in a Modernist idiom. (Architect's Journal, 26 April 1934; Architect and Building News, 23 November 1934).

Listing NGR: TQ3525976494


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'Architect and Building News' in 23 November, (1934)
'Architects Journal' in 26 April, (1934)


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 21 Apr 2002
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