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Goodenough College, London House Quadrangle Camden

Summary

Frederick Goodenough founded The Dominion Students' Hall Trust in 1931 to provide a collegiate home for male postgraduate students from overseas, with a sister Trust for female graduates established post WWII. London House was completed in 1933, a neo-Georgian building designed by Sir Herbert Baker. The northern and western ranges were completed to a simplified design after Baker's death in 1944. London House has an enclosed quadrangle entered through wrought-iron gates. The central garden is set to lawn with mixed beds on the perimeter and three specimen trees including a large mulberry. A sundial in the garden was unveiled by HRH The Queen on 10 November 2006 to mark the 75th anniversary of the college.

Basic Details

Site location:
Mecklenburgh Square

Postcode:
WC1N 2AB ( Google Map)

Type of site:
Institutional Grounds

Date(s):
1931-3

Designer(s):
Sir Herbert Baker

Listed structures:
LBII: London House

Borough:
Camden

Site ownership:
Goodenough College

Site management:
Goodenough College

Open to public?
Occasionally

Opening times:
Has opened for London Open House and OGSW
Has taken part in Open Garden Squares Weekend 8 times, most recently in 2016.

Special conditions:

Facilities:

Events:
College tours: Fridays at 1pm and first Sat of month at 11am (contact: tours@goodenough.ac.uk)

Public transport:
Tube: Russell Square (Piccadilly), King's Cross St Pancras (Piccadilly, Hammersmith & City, Circle, Metropolitan, Northern). Bus: 17, 45, 46; 19, 38, 55, 243

The information shown above was correct at the time of the last update 01/06/2009
Please check with the site owner or manager for latest news. www.goodenough.ac.uk

Further Information

Grid ref:
TQ306822

Size in hectares:

Green Flag:
No

On EH National Register :
No

EH grade:
None

Site on EH Heritage at Risk list:
No

Registered common or village green on Commons Registration Act 1965:
No

Protected under London Squares Preservation Act 1931:
No

Local Authority Data

The information below is taken from the relevant Local Authority's planning legislation, which was correct at the time of research but may have been amended in the interim. Please check with the Local Authority for latest planning information.

On Local List:
No

In Conservation Area:
Yes

Conservation Area name:
Blooomsbury

Tree Preservation Order:
To be checked

Nature Conservation Area:
No

Green Belt:
No

Metropolitan Open Land:
No

Special Policy Area:
Yes - Central London Area (Clear Zone Region)

Other LA designation:
Strategic View - Background Consultation Area

Goodenough College, London House Quadrangle

Goodenough College - London House Quadrangle, June 2009. Photo: S Williams

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Fuller information

In 1931 Frederick C Goodenough raised the funds with which to found The Dominion Students' Hall Trust to provide male postgraduate students from overseas with a collegiate home while studying in London. After WWII, a Sister Trust was formed funded by the Lord Mayor's National Thanksgiving Fund and William Goodenough House was built for female graduates and married families. In 1965 the two Trusts merged to become London House for Overseas Graduates, then London Goodenough Trust for Overseas Graduates and in 2001 it was renamed Goodenough College and it is now fully international. London House was completed in 1933, a neo-Georgian building designed by Sir Herbert Baker, which is one of his most characteristic later buildings, comparable to Rhodes House in Oxford, and Church House, Westminster. The post-war northern and western ranges were completed to a simplified design after Baker's death in 1944. London House has an enclosed quadrangle entered through wrought-iron gates. The central garden is set to lawn with mixed beds on the perimeter and three specimen trees including a large mulberry. A sundial in the garden was unveiled by HRH The Queen on 10 November 2006 to mark the 75th anniversary of the college. Goodenough College also owns Mecklenburgh Square Gardens (q.v.), which is open to users of the College and residents of the Square.

Sources consulted:

Goodenough College website

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