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The Round House

The Round House - the original show house for the Frinton Park Estate.
Started in 1934 the estate was planned to be a housing development of around 1000 art deco houses
designed by Oliver Hill but was never completed and development stopped in 1936.

Frinton Park Estate location map

The Bauhaus, modernism & domestic architecture by Kelly Oxborrow
Chapter III Modernism in domestic architecture: Frinton Park Estate
A remarkable example of a modernist development is the partially completed Frinton Park Estate, in Frinton-on-sea, Essex. In 1934 a two hundred acre site on the border of Frinton and Walton-on-Naze was bought by the South Coast Property Investment Company Ltd., who planned to build a whole new small town. A management company, Frinton Park Estate Ltd., was formed. A member of the board of the company, Frederick Tibenham, who was also a head of a furniture and joinery firm, introduced the board to the architect Oliver Hill.

In 1933 Hill had organised an ‘Exhibition of British Industrial Art in Relation to the Home’ at Dorland Hall in London. Other designers exhibiting included Chermayeff, McGrath and Wells Coates. Hill was given a free reign in his design of the new residential town. He ensured that the tone of the estate would do nothing to attract day-trippers from London, keeping Frinton for the well kept and well bred, whilst making the estate a showcase for modern British design. Read in full here


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Joke over for the last resort - from telegraph.co.uk

Oliver Hill - from telegraph.co.uk

Frinton Park Estate photos on flikr

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