The architect Patrick Gwynne, have you ever heard of him? He was the first British architect of his time to build in the modernist style. Likened to Corbusiers Villa Savoye, Gwynne at aged 24 was offered the enviable opportunity by his parents to design his own family house in extensive grounds. Trusting the boy with a not inconsiderable sum, he designed and built the first of over 40 properties. Patrick lived in Homewood until his death in 2002. The house itself, completed in 1936, appears as a white box sitting on slim pilot and a brick base. The entrance, flanked in glass blocks, sits under a generous overhang, to allow the cars of the day to arrive under shelter. The property houses a four car garbage and was built for entertainment. The first floor large living room features all mod cons of the 1930s, a sprung wooden floor, built in state of the art Bang and Olufson stereo, drinks cabinet and bar, projector and screen, remote controlled blinds over the enormous completely glazed elevation. He even designed his own furniture, all with nifty drink shelves, placed surreptitiously around the house. The trip is a real treat, for architects and National Trust buffs alike.
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