One of the aims of the C20 Regional groups is to act as the “eyes and ears” of the society looking out for buildings at risk and campaigning locally.
We are concerned at the proposed demolition of the Reel Cinema in Plymouth to make way for student accommodation.
Colin Campell House. It was planned to demolish this art deco building as part of the proposed development of the area but we now understand that it is to saved as part of the redevelopment of the area.
This building by Mr E G Catchpole, built in 1938, is the only surviving example of Art Deco architecture in Plymouth City centre. A former car showroom, it is a good typical example of the period, with its flat roof and original curved windows. The main elevation is elegantly articulated in a streamlined moderne fashion. We feel that Colin Campbell House should be listed as a unique example of interwar architecture in Plymouth City centre.
Better Places, Plymouth
ASDA Estover – 13th April – 10am to 5pm
Plymouth Rail Stn – 16th April – 8am to 12 noon
Plymouth Rail Stn – 17th April – 3pm to 6pm
Sainsburys Marsh Mills – 19th & 20th April – 10am to 5pm
Plymouth University, Roland Levensky Building – 23rd April – 9am to 5pm
Plymstock Library – 25th & 26th April – 10am to 5pm
Better Places is an initiative by Plymouth to upgrade Armada Way and some of the streets off it. Some of the committee went to see the exhibition and were impressed with the ideas for Armada Way maybe less so with the proposed development of some of the shopping streets. But check it out and feed back to the organisers.
Catherine Croft, the C20 Society Director, joined us to take part in a discussion on the fate of High Cross House on the Dartington Estate. This Modernist Building is now empty and in quite poor condition. The Dartington Trust are looking at a range of options for the future of this iconic building.