Cecil Residential Club

E. Maxwell Fry, London, 1940


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Entrance from Gower Street 

M.O.Dell and H.L.Wainwright     Download Original

  • Entrance from Gower Street    
  • Back Entrance    
  • Entrance Hall and Administration Centre    
  • Entrance to Staircase    
  • Dormitory Corridor    
  • Cupboard lined Corridor    
  • Dormitor Unit    
  • Dormitory Lavatory    
  • Cooking Compartment    
  • Kitchen    
  • Ground Floor Restaurant    
  • Basement Plan    
  • Ground Floor Plan    
  • First Floor Plan    
  • Third Floor Plan    
  • Cross Section    
  • Detail of Dormitory layout    
  • Detail of Sliding Windows    

Concrete framed, low cost hostel/residential club for girls, working in the city needing cheap accommodation in central London

Founded by Mrs Cecil Chesterton, the hostel is intended for girls of 'very small means'. Facilities include sitting room, laundry, kitchen and economically arranged dormitory units containing four beds.

Each dormitory floor is self-contained, including bath and lavatory accommodation and storage. Privacy in the four-bed dorms has been catered for in the provision of curtains.

The building structure is a reinforced concrete frame, the only time this is exposed is in the vertical ribs and their returns over the roof on the Gower street elevation, the rest of the building is clad in brick.


  • Completed: 1940
  • Sector: Residential
  • Total cost: £30,000
  • Funding: Public subscription
  • Address: 195 North Gower Street, London, NW1 2NJ, United Kingdom

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