an alphabet of 20th century greater manchester architecture, from the manchester modernist society. in regular instalments from aldine to zochonis.
R A H Livett
Brief glimpse of Kennet House at around 5 mins.
R A H Livett was my grandfather and i have only just discovered he designed this amazing piece of modernist architecture, its like a piece of sculpture and should be be still here today.
I lived in the flats with my grandparents in the 60's. Fantastic place that left an impression on me. Very well built, snug and warm, very stylish to my early eyes and still leave me with an impression of innovation. Pretty poor families lived there but until about 68 they were very kept then things just went tits up! Became an embryonic sink estate very quickly.If they were still around today I bet a private full refurb would have happened. Family must have lots of pics. I will get in touch and see if they can send me some to post.
Anyone wisheing to pursue their interest specifically in Kennet House and the nearby Woodlands Estate can join us on Facebook, where amidst anecdotal evidence from residents we are pushing forward the boundaries of our knowledge, bit by bit.https://www.facebook.com/groups/258424930895213/
I can not understand why so little pictorial evidence of Kennet House exists. It was such a dynamic building. I am amazed that photographers didn't herald it's arrival. For someone wishing to study the building, it is extremely difficult!
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