Mardall, June. (4 of 10). National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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    2001-08-08 and 2001-10-08

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    Interviewee's home in London

  • Interviewees

    Mardall, June, 1920- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Brodie, Louise (speaker, female)

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    Part 4. She had known Cyril for years. In 1938 a friend had lit a fire on the roof of the studio buildings, the lead melted and went down onto his drawings in the room below! She bumped into him from time to time and then he came out to Barnet. He would have married Flossie Schust if it hadn't been for the war. She went back to America and married Knoll of Parker Knoll. JM's divorce. Cyril was in naval intelligence, worked in London. Later worked on UNRA post war reconstruction. Met FRS Yorke in a nightclub. Eugene Rosenberg was already working with Yorke. Got one room in Victoria in a quantity surveyor's office. Later moved to Wigmore Street. Put drawing boards on a barrow. Cyril's mother was English, an opera singer in Finland. Father Finnish and died when Cyril was only 13. Cyril Came to England for a holiday, stayed on, name Sjostrom with umlauts on the o's Mother came to join him They were very hard up. Cyril went to the Northern Poly, later to the AA. He was a very good draftsman, and good at business. June Mardall [JM] found him very reliable. She needed that, they got on well. They were married in 1947. Her parents liked Cyril. Cyril's mother didn't like her because of the divorce. Moved into a place behind the Bayswater Road, rent free. Eventually the office was at 2 Hyde Park Place, walking distance. Three years later they sold it and built a house in Highgate. JM did small jobs, sometimes cast off from YRM. Her biggest job was uniting two houses for the Finnish Legation and modernising them. JM had to learn a lot about dry rot. Made one room look Finnish with pale timber, and Derbyshire marble fireplace. Did another house in Beaconsfield. Client experimented selling Stramit Torsten Mosesson. JMs Daughter married his son later. Agricultural workers cottages for a Danish client in Essex and others. JM had a plan which could be adapted according to the site. Builders were quite amenable, JM learnt a lot. JM worked in Ireland, but when she wasn't there, they did all sorts of wrong things Materials were very limited before 1950. She did alterations, one in Arkwright Road. A small factory from Mosesson. In 1953, she worked for a schoolfriend of Cyril's. Description of construction of JM's own house.

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