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The Building of Cecil Sharp House

An Illustrated Guide

By (author) Brenda Godrich
Format: Pamphlet
Publisher: English Folk Dance & Song Society, London, United Kingdom
Published: 1st Mar 2008
Dimensions: w 145mm h 210mm d 1mm
ISBN-10: 0854182047
ISBN-13: 9780854182046
Barcode No: 9780854182046
This fascinating and insightful booklet tells the story of how Cecil Sharp House came into being. The narrative starts with the man who instigated the English Folk Dance Society, and to whom the headquarters building was dedicated after his death. It explains the external look of the building, why particular materials were used in the construction, and tells how the early, and in many ways ground-breaking acoustic panels were built. The involvement of members of the Art Workers' Guild and the work of designer Betty Joel added to the lavish feel of the interiors as the many contemporary photographs show. When the building was opened in 1930 it received widespread praise from the architectural profession, and it gave a tremendous amount of prestige to the Society. The war years brought partial destruction and the loss of some distinctive features, but the booklet concludes with the rebuilding and subsequent changes made in the second half of the twentieth century.

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