Cambridge 2000: King's College: West Road: Garden Hostel

Description: King's College: West Road: Garden Hostel
Date built: 1948-1950
Architect: Geddes Hyslop
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Date photograph taken: 01 Jan 2000 (Alternative map: Google map)

This is one of the plain and simple (but not ugly) buildings put up in Cambridge immediately after the Second World War. It is surrounded by much greenery (the King's College Fellows' Garden is behind the building), which helps. If this building were surrounded by other buildings it would look drab indeed.

The lawn to the south of the building in the past had been set up with tennis courts in the spring, providing a quintessential English scene. However in 2000 a parking area was overlaid instead, and later in the year construction started on a new building located behind this one, which was finished in 2001. In 2002 the lawn was back.

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