Mardall, June. (7 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)

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    Brodie, Louise (speaker, female)

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    Part 7. The logs for the prefab house were brought out in a fisherman's boat and they put it up very badly so it was full of gaps. The water poured in in the first hurricane. There was a tea chest of mother in laws music which wafted away in the wind. The Swedish speaking fishermen were very kind. They were Finns but spoke the Swedish dialect. Cyril was a Swedish Finn. Cousin had an island near. Needed planning permission. Cousin took Cyril to see the planning officer. Cyril had to speak Finnish, though haltingly, and so got permission. He didn't speak English when he arrived in England, learnt enough in three months of the summer to get into a school of architecture. June Mardall [JM] could listen but not really speak Swedish. Their Children don't speak Swedish. Swedes have a large collection of drinking songs. They knew a lot of the architects, knew Alvar Aalto. JM envious of their sites and status. Cyril's Father died when he was 13, and he was unhappy at school Had always wanted to be an architect. Standard of building was higher in Finland. Just after the war there was no food at all. Finland Paid off the reparations to Russia and then blossomed quickly. Exports were timber in the past, and now technical things. Finns work hard. JM Only went to Finland in the winter on business. Very gay before Christmas otherwise dark and possibly drunken. Also known for design for ceramics and stainless steel, At the beginning they bought Swedish furniture themselves - expensive. Sold island house in 1988. JM had broken her ribs twice falling over the rocks Housekeeping was pretty difficult. JM Used her name June Park for professional purposes. Books: 1958 "Houses and Bungalows" and "Houses for Today" 1968 . Published by Batsford. JM felt she was always a bit behindhand with the plans. (The second one) The First one a practical book. They were typical of houses being built by architects but not necessarily ordinary houses. Earlier, materials were so restricted. Names some architects featured in the books. Peter Wormsleyy, pictured in book flat roofs, horizontal lines, large windows. Architects had a big struggle getting planning permission. JMs house at Moor Park was opposite a 30s house by Connell Ward and Lucas, which everyone hated. JMs house for Mossessen. You knew that you had to be careful - gave it a low pitch She did research in RIBA library and wrote off to the architects to get permission to reproduce. Difficulty in getting perimissions. Later book better financed and included US work (description), permissions easier. Cyril went to work on the American embassy, JM went too .

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