A couple of times over the last few years, I’ve been fortunate to be asked to serve as a volunteer photographer for London Open House weekend. I get sent to all sorts of buildings across the capital to take photos, often some of the less well-known ones rather than the big set-piece blockbuster buildings in Zone 1.
A few years ago, I was asked to photograph Pullman Court near Brixton. It was built in the mid-1930s and I already had some inkling of its style, as its architect was Frederick Gibberd whose urban planning work I was familiar with from Harlow New Town in Essex. Both outside and within, it still contains a number of fascinating period details, including this stair bannister, which weaves its way down the many-floored building.
Intriguingly, while we were on site, a lady called in to visit who had lived in the development herself in its early years. She remembered sitting around the swimming pool in one of the courtyards in the summer sun…!