50 Wonders | John Allan: Finsbury Health Centre

Abram Games poster of Finsbury Health Centre 1943_Image courtesy of Naomi Games

Source: Image courtesy of Naomi Games

The former Avanti Architects director and biographer of Berthold Lubetkin introduces the latest in our 50th birthday series

Wonder: Finsbury Health Centre

Architect: Berthold Lubetkin & Tecton, 1938

Nominator: John Allan, Docomomo-UK

George Orwell once remarked (a propos of the housing crisis of the 1930s) that after a scandal exceeds a certain size it becomes invisible. One might equally apply this apercu to the case of Finsbury Health Centre, probably the greatest building of the modern movement in inter-war England, but which over the last 25 years has endured the most scandalous neglect.

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