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Commemorative plaques should go up on the Isokon building in Hampstead

03 May, 2018

Isokon building

• WHEN I was a councillor for the former South End ward, I wrote to English Heritage to seek the installation of at least six blue plaques on the internationally famous Isokon building in Lawn Road, Hampstead.

The names of residents included Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, Lásló Moholy-Nagy and Arthur Horn, refugees from the Bauhaus in Germany, the two novelists Agatha Christie and Nicholas Monsarrat and many others.

While agreeing that most would be entitled, the response was that the building would be “overloaded”! Subject to planning permission, a blue plaque to acknowledge the first three will be installed in July. Representatives from the German and Hungarian embassies will be present.

I was therefore astonished to hear that an individual is attempting to thwart this commemoration on the spurious grounds of visual impairment. Where was he when the building was saved?

Let us hope that his interference is merely mischief-making. We look forward to this acknowledgement of the Bauhaus in Britain, and the welcome once given by this country to refugees.

GERRY HARRISON
Ennis, County Clare

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