The Archive picture gallery: #3 Lawn Road Flats

Lawn Road Flats, Hamptead, London circa  1950. Photograph by John Maltby, copyright Pyrok Ltd.

Lawn Road Flats, Hamptead, London circa 1950. Photograph by John Maltby © Pyrok Ltd.

Lawn Road Flats, designed by Wells Coates and commissioned by John Craven (Jack) Pritchard opened in 1934 representing a key landmark in British social and architectural history. The serviced flats provided a residence to leading lights from the Bauhaus fleeing Nazi Germany, Walter Gropius (architect), Marcel Breuer (designer) and Moholy-Nagy (graphic designer). Artists and writers included Agatha Christie, Henry Moore and Kenneth and Diana Rowntree. The grade 1 listed building in Hampstead London is now known as The Isokon Building. It was beautifully restored by Avanti Architects in 2004 and now includes The Isokon Gallery which was opened to mark the 80th anniversary on 9 July 2014.

The Archives holds detailed papers on the flats and its tenants. From missing laundry complaints (Agatha Christie’s knickers to be specific) to the menus and rules of the Isobar Half Hundred dining club.

More seriously in this collection are papers relating to prominent designers and architects from the 1930s, wartime activities including the assistance of prominent European émigrés, papers of Political and Economic Planning (PEP) and the Furniture Development Council.

For detailed guides to the papers or to visit the Archives see Pritchard Papers and Isokon Trust