Garden City Collection calls for pictures of all Barry Parker homes in Letchworth

PUBLISHED: 17:35 05 April 2018 | UPDATED: 17:53 05 April 2018

The Garden City Collection are calling for pictures of Barry Parker houses. Picture: Jon Ball

The Garden City Collection are calling for pictures of Barry Parker houses. Picture: Jon Ball

Part of The Garden City Collection

The Garden City Collection is putting together an exhibition of the works of Barry Parker and needs the help of residents living in a home designed by the Letchworth architect.

The team is creating a comprehensive record of Parker’s Letchworth roots by compiling a series of images showing the interior and exterior of Parker houses in Letchworth as they are today.

These photos will form part of an exhibition to celebrate his life and works, opening on May 4 at the Broadway Gallery.

They are looking for photos of your house or a favourite feature such as door latches, fireplaces, doors or perhaps original Parker furniture.

Curator of the Garden City Collection Vicky Axell said: “If you live in a house designed by Parker, whether it’s a small cottage or larger detached house, we want to hear.

“We believe Parker was an unsung hero of the arts & crafts movement and want to use this exhibition to show his influence across the UK and around the world, including Portugal and Brazil.

“Our photographer is happy to come to people’s houses to take new photos or we are happy to use photos taken by residents. All images collected will be displayed at the exhibition. It’s a fantastic way for the local community to be part of this special exhibition.”

Parker – along with his business partner Raymond Unwin – created the template for the Garden Cities model.

He believed passionately that architecture and thoughtful planning of community spaces could change lives - Letchworth was his masterpiece and his home for more than 40 years.

The exhibition will showcase a selection of the 4,500 historical objects from the Parker Collection. Visitors will be able to see architectural plans and drawings from both the UK and abroad, including early checkerboard street plans which allowed gardens on three sides of the house improving space and light, and plans for Oporto in Portugal sharing many characteristics with Letchworth.

To submit your photos or arrange for our photographer to come to your home, contact the Garden City Collection on 01462 476075 or by email at gcc@letchworth.com.

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