A 1930s Art Deco mansion, mostly unchanged since its construction, has gone on sale for £1.5m.
The Grade II listed property has close ties to the local area, as well as a connection to a famous British business.
Oh, and the whole thing is bright pink!
Originally built for Walter ‘Pink’ Crittall, the mansion stands as a reminder of what was considered ‘modern’ back in the 1930s.
“It is Grade II listed in recognition of its architectural importance and remains remarkably true to the original Modern design to this day,” reads the listing on The Modern Home. “It borders on farmland in the Essex village of Great Easton, near the popular town of Great Dunmow.”
Walter Crittall was actually the son of Francis Crittall, the founder of the Crittall Metal Window Company. Walter himself was one of the main artistic and technical driving forces behind the company during its heyday. Indeed, he even made a large contribution to the design of the house, which was built to be his countryside residence.
Looking at the property, one of the most striking features has to be the emerald green Crittall windows, which only stand out more thanks to the painted pink brick exterior. The steel balcony was a creation of Sir Owen Williams, a renowned architect who also worked on the property alongside Crittall and the London architectural firm, Messrs Joseph.
It certainly has a striking style overall, especially compared to the nearby 15th century houses and the local Norman church.
Fans of the period will be glad to know that many of the house’s original features remain intact. The reception room still has its 1930s Chinese wallpaper and door handles, and the laundry room has all of its original cupboards. The staircase in the central glass tower even has the same red enamel and glass orbs on its handrails.
Much of the garden is also as it was in the 1930s. It was built in several sections across the grounds, with a vegetable garden, tennis court, two orchards, a laundry garden and a badminton garden dotted around the property’s five acres.
This is certainly a lot of class built into the property, despite the facade. The octagonal dining room is connected to the kitchen through a serving hatch. The kitchen also comes with a larder and pantry, as well as a striking orange paint job.
Elsewhere on the grounds the property also offers several outbuildings, including a guest annex and garage.
For those interested in viewing this unique property, it is currently on sale with The Modern House.
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