Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Brutalism on Werter Road
When I was walking in Putney on Saturday, I came across this building on Werter Road, across from Sainsbury's. It doesn't look hugely architecturally significant, just another poured-concrete-and-brick Brutalist structure. But don't you love that tile mural in the front?
I'm guessing it was the architect's attempt to dress up an otherwise dreary facade. I think it works.
I tried to find some background about this building -- when it was designed and erected, and for what purpose -- but had no luck. I must admit I didn't closely survey the scene while I was there, but I didn't notice any signs or indications of its use. It looks very '70s.
I did find out during my research that there's another interesting building farther along the same street -- an ornate house with a bust of Kaiser Wilhelm I over the doorway. I didn't walk far enough to see that. Maybe on my next trip!