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Open: Tuesday–Sunday, 11am–5pm

We are closed on Bank Holiday Mondays

Please note the house will be temporarily closed for 4 weeks from 14 March 2024

Book Tickets

Open: Tuesday–Sunday, 11am–5pm

We are closed on Bank Holiday Mondays

Please note the house will be temporarily closed for 4 weeks from 14 March 2024

Kitaj at Colin St John Wilson's house with Jann Haworth's Cowboy, 1973, Photo Credit: Sandra Fisher. Image courtesy of Piano Noble Gallery.
Friends

Visit to Former Home and Studio of Professor Sandy Wilson

Wednesday 22 May, 2–3.30pm or 3.30–4.50pm

Join the Friends for a visit to a former home and studio of Professor Sir Colin St John Wilson RA.

Sold Out £25 Friends, booking required

Places are limited in number and are for Friends only. This event is now full, we will be running a waiting list. Please email friends@kettlesyard.cam.ac.uk to join the waiting list.

Location: Newnham, Cambridge. Transport: No residents parking in place after 2pm, therefore visitors can can find street parking freely. Ticket includes tea and cake. No photography.

All funds go to Kettle’s Yard.

About Professor Sir Colin St John Wilson RA

Colin St John ‘Sandy’ Wilson was lecturer and professor at the University Department of Architecture. He went on to design, with his second wife MJ Long, the British Library and Pallant House Gallery new wing, Chichester. 2 Grantchester Road was designed for himself and his first wife, Muriel (nee Lavender) Wilson OBE, curator and collector. The house was visited by their artist friends including Howard Hodgkin, David Hockney, RB Kitaj, Eduardo Paolozzi and Joe Tilson. The house itself became the subject of some works and the entrance court and garden the location of others.

Recent art and sculpture by Ruthie Martin and Ian Joyce, who have worked in the studio, will be available to view.

Two of only three private buildings designed by Sir Colin St John Wilson in the 1960s. The house and integral architectural studio were built 1961- 64 and have been conscientiously renovated by the present owners. The house and studio, and 2a, were Listed Grade II in 2000.

A powerful, uncompromising design, at once modern yet classical in its formality.

Interior view of Granchester Road

These are two of the best houses produced in this country within the last few years.

Architect and Building News 7 July 1965.

A study of rationalised and variable urban row house series and a rigorous and groundbreaking exercise in the use of naked concrete blockwork. His own house was a small monument with its cubic double height living room, its insistent columniation, its austere materials.

Martin Richardson in Colin St John Wilson, RIBA, 1997, p.19.

Howard Hodgkin, Grantchester Road, 1975, Pallant House Gallery. Image courtesy of Pallant House Gallery (2021)

Access

Please email friends@kettlesyard.cam.ac.uk if you have any access requirements.