Notes from Home from Home

March 15, 2010 § 2 Comments

‘Home from Home’ is a collaboration between Claire Levy & John Levett.

Mothers’ Day routine: familiarization detour describing what I observe constitutes Crouch End as a separate identity; involving walking the area north of Hornsey Lane towards Cranley Gardens as far as Muswell Hill Road, across to Muswell Hill & back to Crouch End Broadway via Priory Road & Middle Lane.

Recorded: distinguishing features that identify Crouch End, Highgate & Hornsey; distribution of building styles/size/embellishment; imitation in contemporary building of late Victorian ‘Arts & Crafts’-type design & construction features; the ‘balcony trope’; the infill by 50s/60s apartment blocks; ‘pivot points’ of neighbourhoods; the significance of location in a vale; individual building plots on the ‘margin’ between main thoroughfares; the rarity of a Crouch End ‘trademark’.

Examples (click to enlarge):

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§ 2 Responses to Notes from Home from Home

  • Ingrid says:

    I live near the Crouch End community centre and have run photography classes there many, many moons ago. They had a darkroom in a community centre near by. There is also a climbing wall near the centre which I’ve used.
    I’m glad you are working on it before the wrecking ball gets to it.

    • claire levy says:

      hi ingrid

      thanks for your post – i take it you mean the youth centre? the council don’t seem all that keen to engage in my project actually! though i’m still trying… i’d be interested to hear your views on the project?
      best, Claire

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