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The Friday Photo: Prefab House Wake Green Rd

Posted June 6th, 2014 by Tracey Thorne with 3 Comments

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Last year BCT Director Simon Buteux talked through a list of buildings he thought would be good to include in the Friday Photo. This week we can tick the old prefab grade II listed housing on Wake Green Rd in Moseley off that list. There were built in 1945 as part of a temporary housing programme with around 4,500 built here in Birmingham. There were designed to give an English cottage feel – despite the corrugated iron and asbestos with the sun shining on them many of them do look quite quaint nearly 70 years later.

This photograph was inspired by Walker Evans who was one of the most influential photographers in the twentieth Century as the prefabs houses reminded me of some of the images he took across America in the 1930s. This is how I think he may have captured one of them if he was walking down Wake Green Rd.

3 Responses to “The Friday Photo: Prefab House Wake Green Rd”

  1. Noreen Evans June 11, 2014

    Love the Friday photos. Can I draw your attention to the back end of Waterstone’s opposite New Street Station entrance. Because of the extension to the Metro work being done on the corner of Stephenson Street, the Waterstone’s sign has been taken down and it has uncovered a sign which refers to Steam Packet tickets. I think I’ve got the name right. Obviously that was once a ticket office. Perhaps it was something to do with the Midland Hotel. It won’t be on sight for much longer, so do go and visit it. It was there today the 11th June.,

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  2. Leigh June 7, 2014

    The prefab at Avoncroft museum in Bromsgrove is very interesting as it has original decor and furniture. There is an Anderson shelter just next to it as well.

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  3. Simon Buteux June 6, 2014

    Prefabulous!

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