Momento Mori: The Flats at Quarry Hill Leeds
Dalesman Publishing Co Ltd 1990
132pp illustrated with superb b/w photographs, design details printed on tracing paper pages etc. Square 4to. Wraps version. Hard to find. Wraps a little worn. Records the history of this important inter-war housing scheme. First printing. Signature on previous owner in a neat hand on the half title page. From the collection of Stuart Evans. The Quarry Hill Flats was a massive housinig development built on continental lines in Leeds, West Yorkshire, constructed during the 1930s to house about 3000 residents. The reinforced concrete monolithic structure began to fail in the 1950s and in the 1970s the decision was taken to demolish the whole scheme. This book records the project and its demolition. Although it is long demolished as a result of flaws in construction and political disquiet, the project stood for a visionary and socialist approach to public housing which is arguably worth remembering not least for its inclusion of social facilities for the residents, communal laundries etc.