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"The Erno Goldfinger House" Top 5 Page for this destination National Trust - 2 Willow Road Tip by Mariajoy

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I visited this NT property, the home of the Hungarian born architect Erno Goldfinger in Hampstead on a fine Saturday afternoon with friends. The house was built in the 1930's in "modernist" style (which means that a lot of unpainted concrete and steel was used in the design). Goldfinger was the architect of many of the highly unpopular 1960's tower blocks around London which also incorporated the use of steel and concrete. There is a lot of information about Goldfinger and his work on the web so I won't go into anymore detail about that there.

Goldfinger and his wife Ursula lived here for 40 years with their three children, his mother and the nanny so it is very much a family home but the visitor can also see his studio, where he worked with architectural students. The house is quite different from many NT properties and well worth visiting although the garden isn't open to the public as it is quite small and situated between two neighbouring Goldfinger properties.

Guided tours are every hour until 3pm when the visitor can wander at will. Each tour starts with a 10 minute video presentation which helps give a good background to Goldfinger and his work. Tickets are £5.10 unless you have an NT membership card in which case it's free.

After visiting this property there is also the delightful Fenton House, also NT, a short walk away - it's worth combining the two if you are in the area.

Full details of opening times and ticket prices etc are on the National Trust website.

Address: 2 Willow Road
Directions: As you come out of Hampstead tube turn left. Follow the brown NT signs for 2 Willow road.
Phone: +44 20 7435 6166

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  • Updated Jul 19, 2008
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