9. Farringdon Road Buildings 1874 (Frederic Chancellor) London (demolished)

This type, parallel blocks perpendicular to the street, is quite rare. Entry is via an alleyway between blocks leading to open staircases that led to shared balcony/landings. There is limited information on this design and so it is unclear how the space between buildings were used.

Schema

  • street (city) ⇒ enter gap between buildings (boundary) ⇒ enter stair lobby (one of four) ⇒ stair (ascend) ⇒ landing/balcony ⇒ door (four)

Unit identity

  • Weak; the entry sequence is hidden from street; emphasis is on tenement block identity

 

  • All images from Working-class Housing in 19th Century Britain, John Nelson Tarn, CUP Archive, 1971.

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