In Beethoven Street, the Craft Block was converted into four houses, each with its own entrance. Matching four-storey extensions to the existing terraces were built on either side of the Craft Block

On the site of the earlier Holland Block was built an L- shaped block of special needs flats, in yellow stock brickwork with entrances in pale cream brick. The low-pitch roofs are in terne-coated stainless steel. This coating, which looks like zinc when new, darkens until it is the colour of lead. Thus one has the colour and gravitas of lead, without its weight, or the tendency to creep under its own weight and slide down the roof as lead does.1  This is an interesting material.

The whole conversion is a pleasure to look at and should prove very efficient as housing and as a social centre.


  1. The Growth of Camden Town, Jack Whitehead, p. 20
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