Goldfinger, Peter (29 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 29: PG’s time in America. Trips he and wife made to latter’s family. Death of wife’s sister. Coping with the old age and death of his parents. Mother left her body for medical research; effect on his children. Erno cremated Golders Green. Speeches by Jimmy Cadbury-Brown at Royal Academy. House in Willow Road memorial to his parents. Thinks he will also leave his body for medical research. Article in Independent newspaper about descendants of famous people. PG’s son’s relationship with grandfather Erno. PG’s two weeks in France looking after daughter’s two children in parents’ absence. Daughters’ ages. Two weeks since attack on World Trade Centre in New York. PG’s horror; his feelings about American plan to bomb Afghanistan and kill terrorist leader, Isama bin Laden. Communication with friends in New York. Advantage of e-mail in PG’s life. Software programme which enlarges text and reads typescript aloud, details. University projects, Crucible Theatre through working with Renton Howard Wood. St Katherine’s Dock. How work relationship began. Andrew Renton, Peter Howard and Humphrey Wood all working for Basil Spence, broke away for their project of Thorne House, St Martin’s Lane. Worked on Sheffield theatre with Nick Thomson , Warwick University with Peter Howard. Psychology Building in Sheffield University with Humphrey Wood. Work with Andrew Renton early to mid-70’s in Marylebone then in Endell Street. Details of house in Marylebone. WTC on corner of Tower Bridge one of their buildings, very elegant. Dislikes their Sadlers’ Wells conversion. Andrew Renton as senior partner. His son John, also an architect in Camden Town. Humphrey Wood’s personality, talented water-colourist, landscape designer etc, examples

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