17 Postmodern Buildings Listed by Historic England

 John Hill
10. May 2018
Inside the Judge Business School, Cambridge. Grade II* listed © Historic England DP195695
Historic England has announced that seventeen "bold, playful, brightly coloured Post-Modern buildings of the late 1970s to 1990s" have been listed and are now protected by law.
Although English architecture in those decades was dominated by high-tech buildings by the likes of Norman Foster and Richard Rogers, the country did see its fair share of Postmodern architecture: designs that broke from the dominant Modern style and embraced historical forms. Historic England credits the 2011 Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970 - 1990 exhibition at the V&A as sparking a revival of interest in Postmodernism, though the style has seen a resurgence in recent in nearly every corner of the world.

The list of listed buildings is below, organized by "grade," but visit Historic England for more information on each building and to read their comprehensive list entries.

Grade I (of exceptional interest):
  • Sainsbury Wing at the National Gallery, London, by Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown, 1991
  • Thematic House, Kensington and Chelsea, London, by Charles Jencks, 1985

Grade II* (of more than special interest):
  • Judge Business School, Cambridge, by John Outram, 1995
  • Truro Crown Courts, Cornwall, by Eldred Evans and David Shalev, 1988

Grade II (of special interest):
  • 23, 23a, 24 and 25 Church Crescent, Hackney, London, by Colquhoun and Miller, 1984
  • 105-123 St Mark’s Road and 1-3 Cowper Terrace, Kensington, London, by Jeremy and Fenella Dixon, 1979
  • 210, 220, 240, 250, 260 and 290 Park Avenue, Aztec West, South Gloucestershire, CZWG, 1988
  • Belvoir Estate, Islington, London, by Islington Architects' Department, 1987
  • Cascades, Westferry Road, Isle of Dogs, London, by CZWG, 1988
  • China Wharf, 29 Mill Street, Southwark, London, by CZWG, 1983
  • Founders’ Hall, Number One, Cloth Fair, City of London, by Green, Lloyd and Adams, 1990
  • Gough Building, Bryanston School, Dorset, by CZWG, 1988
  • Hillingdon Civic Centre, High Street, Uxbridge, London, by RMJM, 1979
  • Katharine Stephen Rare Books Library, Newnham College, Cambridge, by Joanna van Heyningen and Birkin Haward, 1982
  • McKay Trading Estate, Blackthorne Road, Poyle, Slough, John Outram, 1978
  • Newlands Quay, Maynards Quay and Peartree Lane, Shadwell Basin, London, by MJPW, 1988
  • Swedish Quays, 1-95 Rope Street, Southwark, London, by Price and Cullen, 1990

The seventeen buildings join seven buildings previously listed:
  • The Circle, Southwark, London. Listed Grade II in February, 2018
  • 44 Britton Street, Islington, London. Listed Grade II in February, 2018
  • Isle of Dogs Pumping Station, Tower Hamlets, London. Listed Grade II* in June 2017
  • Epping Civic Offices, Essex. Listed Grade II in December 2017
  • Former Legal and General House, Surrey. Listed Grade II* in December 2017
  • Comyn Ching, Seven Dials, London. Listed Grade II in November 2016
  • No 1 Poultry, London. Listed Grade II* in November 2016

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