There's an interesting discussion going on at Harringay Online about the ugliest buildings in the area. The Civic Centre seems to have a Marmite effect on people. What do you think about it?

I have cheekily borrowed this photo from portemolitor on Flickr as there weren't any in our own photos section (at least, that I could find). 

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Another candidate for Open House Weekend!

I think I remember reading it was designed in the 30s but not built till the 50s, in which case I guess it's possible they added a cold war bunker at the time of building.

I think designed in the 50's and built in the sixties...cavity wall construction wasn't that big in the 30's , in fact pretty much unheard of in municipal; buildings

Lovely photos, thank you for sharing!

Fab.........a colleague made a spot the difference for all at BowBoCo

Air con and signage and a possible boiler vent and washing line

This is the source from where I understood the Civic Centre to be a 30s design. It's the Victoria County History online:

At Wood Green the local board and the U.D.C. began with 12 members. (fn. 56) In 1910 membership was raised to 18 and the district was divided into 5 wards: Alexandra Park, Bowes Park, Central, Noel Park, and Town Hall. There were 23 members from 1919 until 1933, when the charter dissolved Bowes Park and Central wards, leaving the remaining three to return 6 members each to a council which also included 6 aldermen. (fn. 57) Opponents of the Labour party dominated the borough council until 1950, when Labour gained control from the Independents. (fn. 58) Earlham Grove House in Wood Green High Road was occupied by the board in 1890 (fn. 59) and acquired, with nearly 11 a., in 1893. The offices were extended in 1913 (fn. 60) and served as the town hall until the first stage of a new scheme was finished in 1958. The new town hall, facing High Road south of Trinity Road, was designed by Sir John Brown and A. E. Henson, whose original plans had been approved 20 years earlier. (fn. 61) It served as the civic centre of Haringey in 1972.


This suggests a re working of the 30's maybe they meet somewhere in the middle


Connecting the communities of Bowes Park and Bounds Green in north London.

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