A Modernist time-capsule designed by architects Messrs Joseph and Sir Owen Williams has hit the market for £1.5m in Essex, UK.
The Art Deco property was built in 1934 as the country residence of Walter F Crittall, technical director of the Crittall Metal Window Company. It’s been faithfully preserved through the decades, from cabinetry and decor down to the original door knobs.
A glass atrium leads into the hallway of the six-bedroom Essex property – which sits on a five-acre plot close to Great Dunmow. Also on the ground floor is the kitchen, an octagonal dining room, and two reception rooms – the bigger of which is hung with original Chinese wallpaper.
The Great Easton house is for sale via The Modern House and has an unusual pink façade, thought to be a nod to Crittall, whose nickname was ‘Pink’. He worked closely with practice Messrs Joseph and Williams – designer of the tangle of Birmingham roads dubbed Spaghetti Junction – on creating the 3,628 sq ft property, which is Grade II-listed.
A striking glass tower encases the oak staircase which leads up to six bedrooms on the upper floor. There’s an extra bedroom in the main outhouse, originally designed as Crittall’s art studio, and an annexe was added in 1956 at the far end of the house, overlooking the garden. It has separate entrance, meaning it could be used as a self-contained studio, bedroom or office.
Other perks include a tennis court, badminton garden, and a mix of orchards and gardens maintained to Crittall’s original designs.