Leonard Manasseh

There was a memorial event this morning for the late Leonard Manasseh RA who died in March aged 100.

There was a display of work connected to him, including his Ravilious-like pen-and-ink drawings done during the war:-



A watercolour sketch of the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu:-

And a cricket pavilion in Lewisham:-


The talks took one back to the days of his teaching at the Architectural Association, when his architectural practice operated out of three rooms at the top of The Lady and he taught the likes of Paul Koralek and Peter Ahrends by a system of gentle encouragement, as opposed to the later system of collective critique. He later graduated to a much bigger office in Rathbone Place off Charlotte Street, living in Bacon’s Lane, Hampstead, and driving an outsized Peugeot. He undertook a much wider range of work than I had realised, including private houses, schools and offices about which he wrote a Batsford book. It gave a strong sense of the profession as it was in the 1950s: socially oriented; collectivist; and gentlemanly (that said, we worked closely with the town planner, Elizabeth Chesterton, who had been his pupil at the AA in the late 1930s).


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  1. Hilly Fields says:

    The first time I visited the bowls pavilion (not cricket) was when it was used as a polling station. I recall, that it really looked as though someone knew what they were doing especially with a very simple and refined detailing for the porch. It was run down then and since the porch has been removed.

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