Maguire, Robert (10 of 19) National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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    Interviewee's home, London

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    Maguire, Robert, 1931 (speaker, male)

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    Sandino, Linda (speaker, female)

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    Part 10: Affect on KM of not being a qualified architect in accordance with the Architects Registration Council. Story about meeting existential psycho-therapist Katherine Ginzberg [KG], recommended by AA tutor Arthur Korn; her history in wartime Berlin and post war; mentions Peter Whiteley [PW] and Peter Matthews. KG's decision to create a community to counter alienation of her young clients, mostly Jewish but also others including actor Kenneth Haigh; description of the community's routine and meetings. Mentions John Welsh, and Audrey. Community's growth and other premises. Mentions first marriage and children. Description of forming the first co-operative housing association in Kew Gardens (1963); anecdote about house hunting and drawing up conversion plans with PW. Planning application and mortgage difficulties; story about retaining Mr Wiser, solicitor for the National Federation of Friendly Societies who brokered mortgage from unwilling Co-operative Building Society which became Nationwide Building Society. Size and character of the community and space allocated at Cumberland Row. Comments on the [therapeutic] community's name Fabyc [Family By Choice]. Layout of Cumberland Row units. Residents and support they received. Comments on RM's commitment to Jewish Christian reconciliation; current complexity of the Arab Israeli conflict; mentions acting as consultant to Arab Episcopal Church in Jordan. Story about Fabyc House [FH] resident, psychotherapist Hans Cohn's wartime experiences. Comments on effect of KG presence at Faybc House creating over- dependency among some residents.

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