Building Eldon Street Tenements [Pictures from plans to completion]
Courtesy of LRO.
Over 100 photos were taken of this innovative scheme. A traction engine pulling a trailer carried the preformed slabs from Cobbs Quarry on St. Domingo road to the site. They were made using clinker from a refuse destructor and was masterminded by John Alexander Brodie.
Kev' or Ged,
any idea of the name of the pub, on the opposite corner to the "Glasshouse"?? (pic' no' 8)
No sorry Steve, it's not even in A pub on every corner by Freddy O'Connor.
So, the mystery continues
I've got to go to the LRO sometime in next week or so. Will see if I can find out, I've made a note in my history notebook
The 1906 map does not list the building as PH Public house. It is all on the map and the glass house is listed as PH. opposite over Vauxhall road is a huge Gasworks, so maybe named after these?
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didn't have long in LRO today, but I did have a quick shufty at the 1901 Gores directory.
198 Vaughall Rd (Glasshouse) Mary O'Connor -Licenced Victualler
196 Vauxhall Rd on t'other side of Eldon St... Patrick O'Brien -shopkeeper.
sorry hun, not a pub unless it was in the 19th century? if you can give me a rough year or decade of when you think it was pub let me know and I'll have another look.
When were Eldon St tenements demolished?
Any idea why they never built any more when they were half the cost to build?
Brodie did not invent concrete prefabrication, so I believe, but a US architect, Grosvenor Atterbury, took up his lead and did some good work incorporating insulation into the panels.
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More about 'bad' prefab housing of this ilk here:
It is known that Brodie's prefab houses were exhibited at a sort of forerunner to an ideal homes exhibtion at Letchworth.
Some more info here, Atterbury came later WW.
John Alexander Brodie - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Last edited by Ged; 10-10-2008 at 10:34 AM.