Lambeth architecture 1914-1939

Historian, town planner and heritage adviser Edmund Bird has collaborated with Fiona Price of Lambeth Archives on a new book about Lambeth architecture from 1914 to 1939.

The period (and the book) covers everything from Gilbert Scott’s red telephone boxes to the Italianate interior of Brixton Academy and the art deco lines of Brockwell Lido.

Fiona Price said: “One of my favourite buildings is Aspen House Open Air School, now part of the Orchard Centre on Cotherstone Road.

“The school was designed for children who suffered from tuberculosis or asthma. The classrooms were open-sided, with no walls, to allow maximum exposure to the fresh air.”

The book launch, part of the month-long Lambeth Readers and Writers Festival, takes place on Tuesday 29 May at 7pm in the first-floor function room of the Prince of Wales (opposite Brixton town hall and the Ritzy). Edmund Bird will give a short talk, and refreshments will be provided.

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