This photograph is of the Roger Stevens Lecture Theatre in Leeds, part of the now Grade II listed campus designed by Chamberlin, Powell & Bon. The listing in 2010 created some controversy as it was one of first 'modern' buildings to receive the accolade. A junior official 'rubber-stamped' the file that was intended to be a high-profile listing which architecture minister John Penrose could put his name to. Roger Stevens was awarded Grade II*, among ten other 1960s and 1970s buildings given a Grade II listing. This Brutalist building, as with many others, had the 'Marmite effect', though the pond in front was always favourite swimming spot for a duck family (as well as the odd student).
Article by Elizabeth Adams (University of Leeds graduate)
British Architectural Library, RIBA
6 February 2015
Image: Photograph of the Roger Stevens Lecture Theatre block, University of Leeds, England, in 1971
Architect: Chamberlin, Powell & Bon
Photographer: John Maltby (1910-1980)
Credit: John Maltby / RIBA Library Photographs Collection
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- Image from RIBApix
- Building Design, 2010. DCMS blunder over post-war listing. 18 June, no.1922, p.1