As far as feature staircases go, this is the best I’ve ever seen. Just look at it. It’s bloody awesome.
This staircase is the central feature of Bevin Court, a council housing block in the borough of Islington designed by Berthold Lubetkin while he was still at Tecton, and completed as part of the Skinner Bailey & Lubetkin partnership in 1954.
The building in Holford Square was built on a site bombed during the war.
Interestingly the building also occupies the site of a home occupied by Lenin in 1902/03, and the estate’s original name was due to be Lenin Court. A memorial to the Russian once stood somewhere on the site, and at one point required a police guard because of ongoing vandalism.
Eventually the borough of Finsbury, as it was known then, had enough and wanted it removed. Oral history gets a bit shady here, but Wikipedia (and lots of others) say the memorial’s head was buried underneath what is now the central staircase. Residents, however, assure me it is not and is in fact buried under a nearby car park.
The building has a similar shape to the large blocks of the Dorset Estate – with three arms of homes sticking out from the central stairs. As you can see, there are 112 dwellings across the seven floors.
The building is a bit more austere than the nearby Spa Green Estate – there are no balconies or other facilities.
But let’s just take another look at the stairs.
Yep, this building definitely deserves its Grade II* listing.