Saturday, 5 January 2013

Month of Modernism: Starlock House, Rye

Starlock House, Rye. Photograph taken by Mr D Godden.
Starlock House, Rye. Photograph taken by Mr D Godden.

      Pevsner attributes this building to the ‘International Modern style’ – albeit an early example [1]. Designed by Frank Scarlett (1900-1981) - the house was built 1929-1930 for Col. Templar and his wife. The house achieved Grade II listing tatus in 1997 [2].

     Starlock was commissioned as a home for her parents by designer and artist Marjorie Templer. Templer had already previously written the book ‘Arts Decoratifs’ with Starlock’s architect [3]. At the time, the architect – Frank Scarlett – had spent a year in the United States as a result of winning the RIBA’s Alfred Blossom Travelling Studentship. Returning to London, he became an assistant at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. It was during his collaboration with Henry Ingham Ashworth that Starlock house came about. In 1930 the Scarlett-Ashworth partnership won a competition to design Hull’s Civic Centre [4].

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Recommended Reading:

I. Nairn and N. Pevsner, The Buildings Of England Sussex, 3rd ed., London: Penguin Books, 1965.
English Heritage, “British Listed Buildings,” English Heritage, [Online]. Available: [Accessed 05 01 2013].
R. A. Heaword, “Obituary: Marjorie Townley,” The Independent, 20 02 1993.
Irish Architectural Archive, “Dictionary of Irish Architects - Frank Scarlett,” Irish Architectural Archive, 2013. [Online]. Available: [Accessed 05 01 2013].

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