Our building inheritance. Are we to use it or lose it?
London, Faber and Faber Limited 1944 (”second impression”).
8vo. 87+(1)pp, 104 photo plates. Publisher’s cloth, in dustwrapper. Jill Allibone’s copy, with her bookplate.
A rather undervalued book by the scholarly architect Walter Godfrey (1881-1961), who stresses the importance for post-war reconstruction of adhering to the principles of the English building tradition. He admits the need to standardise to an extent, but sounds sensible warnings on such things as allowing “cheapness to override efficiency”, which he feared could recreate the slums of the past, and neglecting to maintain and repair buildings with a resulting loss of ‘morale’ in residential areas, both dangers which were subsequently largely ignored in the post-war rebuilding programme.