South Norwood Library

16th Sep 2023 , 10:00am - Lawrence Road, South Norwood , SE25 5AA

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South Norwood Library

Open House Festival 2023

The purpose-built library is a fine example of brutalist architecture. Built by Hugh Lea, Borough Architect for Croydon, in 1968 the main volume shows miesian influence with an abundance of natural light, interrupted by a concrete cuboid.


Saturday 16 September

  • 10.30 – 11.30 – Workshop: Exploring Croydon’s Urban Landscape
  • SOLD OUT – 14.00 – 14.45 – Talk: Post-war Architecture of Croydon – John Grindrod

Little Manhattan at South Norwood Library

Help design an art installation reflecting Croydon’s famous skyline! A free family craft workshop, run by local artist Becci Kenning (Art inTransit). Explore Croydon’s Urban history and recreate the iconic buildings found within the community. Age 5+, must be accompanied by an adult.

Architects & designers

Original design: Hugh Lea (1966)

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