There are many superb reasons to visit Highgate Village in North London: Karl Marx’s grave, Lubetkin’s Highpoint I & II and some truly wonderful pubs to name just a few. You should also take care not to miss Cholmeley Lodge by Guy Morgan, a spectular and well-healed foil to the charming Georgian houses and shops of the village.
Comprising of 54 flats spread over 6 floors Cholmeley Lodge was completed in 1935. In contrast to the orthodox modernism of Lubetkin’s brilliant Highpoint 1 (completed the same year) it is constructed for the main part of yellow brick and cast stone. The three curved crescents of the front elevation fall away from Highgate Hill which means it is best viewed from Cholmeley Park road. Despite the use of brick Morgan did follow modernist principles by utilising the roof as a sun deck (undoubtedly with spectacular views). Its four entrance doorways are fluted and curved, and Poirot enthusiasts may well spot their resemblance to that at Florin Court, another work by Guy Morgan and home to the fictional detective in the TV series.
On one occasion we pinned down a resident (lucky chap) who, besides telling us about the eye-watering price of the flats, claimed the design was originally intended for the sea front at Bournemouth. It is said that after local objections to their modernist style Morgan withdrew his plans and recycled them in Highgate.
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