Goldfinger, Peter (10 of 33) National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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    Interviewee's home, London and the British Library

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    Goldfinger, Peter, 1933- (speaker, male)

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    Courtney, Cathy (speaker, female)

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    Part 10: Rivalry between EG and his brothers was stimulated by their mother. Brothers got on well and looked after one another but would also have fierce rows. Reg Winnington-Ingram and his wife, who lived at 1 Willow Road, overheard row between EG and his brother, details. EG’s wealthy female cousin, Bernheim, introduced him to people in Paris who gave him commissions. Further details EG and his brothers. Lorenza Mazetti, film-maker who stayed with family at Willow Road and made film with Paolozzi. LM had twin sister living in Florence with whom PG stayed when travelling with his first wife. EG’s politics were modified after Hungarian uprising in 1956, disillusioned with Wilson and Socialism. Contacts in LCC led to commissions. EG not active in politics despite his sympathies. contact with editor of Daily Worker; Farringdon Road building. Further details EG and his brothers. Professor Reg Winnington-Ingram, professor of Classics at London University; anecdote re shelf at Willow Road above the main windows in the dining room/study. Degree to which EG was an intimidating father. EG holding forth at meal-times to exclusion of other views. EG’s reputation as a flirt. Memories of lunch in restaurant in Dean Street when EG told UB off for staring and she said to EG “It’s better than the Goldfinger ogle.’ Willow Road was being built before PG went to Canada, would go on building site with EG. Went to many sites with his father, smell of concrete is evocative for him. Believes he remembers topping out of Willow Road. Family were living in a rented house at South End Green near to Willow Road during the building period. EG always cautious that his children didn’t get hurt; was protective in general. People working on site respected EG; memories of EG telling craftsmen how to do their jobs, eg curved hospital skirtings at Willow Road. Memories of living at Willow Road in early days of War before going to Whipsnade and then Canada. Corridor to PG’s room when first living at Willow Road. Dumb-waiter. Staircase; tightening ropes when the hemp had stretched.

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