Mr & Mrs Goddard talk about their modernist house

Title

Mr & Mrs Goddard talk about their modernist house

Subject

Housing

Description

Mr & Mrs Goddard talk about the influences behind their modernist house on Avenue Road in Leicester

Creator

East Midlands Oral History Archive

Source

EMOHA Ref: 1822, EM/108/A/B

Publisher

East Midlands Oral History Archive

Date

1950s

Rights

You may use this item in accordance with the licence http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/uk/

Format

.mp3

Language

English

Type

Oral history

Interviewer

Colin Hyde

Interviewee

Mr & Mrs Goddard

Location

Avenue Road, Leicester

Transcription

Q: What made the two of you decide you’d quite like a Bauhaus-influenced house?
A: We had known for ten years that we had wanted to build. Well, it took us ten years to get to the stage where it was the right moment and we could afford to do so. And in that ten years we subscribed to the Architectural Review, which was the main architectural journal in this country and we’d studied it pretty carefully, so that we sort of knew what was happening and what, in the end, what we wanted. Mies van der Rohe and Gropius… and other houses in Scandinavia and Germany.
Q: What was the local people’s reaction to it? I mean, you’d grown up in this area, you knew a lot of…
A: I don’t know, but I don’t think they liked it. Well, no one was rude about it but it wasn’t – you know, it was so different and so unlike traditional house building in this country, that…
Q: You mentioned a remark someone made…
A: About coming in and saying, ‘It’s so nice to see the inside of your house Mr Goddard, because it does look like a public lavatory outside! We’ve laughed about that for years.

Duration

1min 23sec

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