See Hackneys architecture up close this weekend

The Strand Building on the corner of Urnswick and Lower Clapton Road. Built in 1925 and designed by JA Bowden.

It’s a chance to discover great architecture over the weekend of 22 and 23 September, as buildings in Hackney throw open their doors to the public for a glimpse of their design excellence.

As part of the Capital’s largest architectural festival, Open House London, residents are invited to visit the properties free of charge and learn more about their distinct features.

Clissold House, N16 a grade 2 listed building dating back to the 1790’s has been lovingly restored to its former glory through a £8.9 million restoration project. The house now has original design features, some of which were changed over the years.

Stoke Newington Town Hall, N16 is a beautifully restored Art Deco building. The venue provides two special spaces for hire which can be used for a wide range of occasions, including wedding ceremonies, civil partnerships, wedding receptions, parties and community events.

Village Underground uses recycled tube train carriages to make affordable artists’ studios on reclaimed land on top of an abandoned railway viaduct at Holywell Lane, EC2A.

Grade II listed saloon-style music hall Hoxton Hall, St Augustine’s Tower, Rivington Place, Dalston Culture House, and the Almshouse at the Geffrye Museum are just a few of the other buildings to be explored in the borough.

And the Building Exploratory, a Hackney-based charity focusing on architecture, will host an exhibition and Open House activity trail over the weekend.

For a full list of all buildings open to the public in Hackney during Open House London, visit: http://www.openhouselondon.org.uk/hackney/

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