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Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Kenwood: awning (possibly yawning).

Yawn if ye will, but the above represents the first half (or quarter) decent look at the garage entrance, as was, and that curious (if functional) awning:

Presumably there to provide additional cover for the collection of cars at Kenwood, it was of a fair length, as is clear from the aerial shot:

Here's the same spot now, from Joe Baiardi's most recent video:

As readahs will know, John was responsible for building that whole end of Kenwood, and it's all now gone (everything re-built in the mid-90s). But I wonder who the architect was back then. Presumably the construction was handled by Brickey Builders, though as John seems to have gone ahead without planning permission, no records are in the public domain (as far as I can gather).
At any rate, the "new" pic does exist in much better quality, if in private hands and unlikely to be more widely seen.
This, however, whets the appetite even more for Lizzie Bravo's photos of Kenwood, taken at the time, which apparently cover the exterior from every conceivable angle. She's very kindly offered to scan them for us as soon as her much-anticipated book is published.
Thanks to Mark L and Joe B.


  1. Heart-warming forensic work, red circles and arrows. Love it. Is the aerial shot from the Lennon's time there do you know?

  2. Nice pics. The glass roof awningy type thing seems to be longer in the aerial shot. Compare where the fence to the side of the garage ends in each of the pictures. Maybe the aerial shot was taken at a later stage.

  3. Fair point. Might it have been retractable/extendable? I think that's a possibility.
    In answer to db, I'm pretty sure the aerial pic is Lennon-era: I think it originated in a French magazine article about Beatle houses (though they may have got it from somewhere else). Click on "aerial" in the tag cloud to see the full versions of those shots.

  4. It must be me but how could anyone change, or otherwise tear down something that JOHN LENNON personally approved/designed/oversaw while he lived there? Okay, so maybe future owners weren't fans, but then why buy THAT house?

  5. i wish we could all have gathered our "vast" fortunes and bought kenwood at the time and turned it into a beatle building and all moved in there! wouldn't the neighbours have loved that? and as far as the scanning goes, as soon as the book goes to the printers i will be able to do it - the portuguese version is supposed to be there by the end of october. i do have a lot of photos from that house and surroundings! both color and black and white.