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Peter Wickham surveys a little-known example of Modern Movement Architecture.

Tom Wolfe might not like it – he might well want to consign it to another of his bonfires – but the crisp, white, flat-topped forms of the Bauhaus (the 'International Style' as Americans called it almost sixty years ago at an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York) gleam afresh on the hills above Tiverton in Devon. As we wonder what might follow Post-Modernism with its jokey, ironic references to preceding architectural styles, there is a revival of interest in the 1930s; and two years short of its sixtieth birthday, a small detached house has been newly 'restored'.


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