THE FATE OF JOHN HUTTON'S ARTWORK
From John Harding
I was very interested to read the article by Merv Russen about the work
of John Hutton in the last issue of The Ipswich Society Newsletter. Some
year or two ago I tried (unsuccessfully) to find out what had happened
to the three glass panels which were in the Fisons building in Princes
Street (which was awarded an RIBA Bronze Medal in 1958-1961). I was
concerned that these fine works appeared to have been damaged - or
worse. However it is good to know that two still exist and are hopefully
to be restored and displayed at some time in the future. Unfortunately
it appears that this will not be in Ipswich.
As you may know, my interest in the work is because I was the' Job
Architect' working with Birkin Haward on Harvest House (as it was
originally known, I think) and therefore much involved with the
installation of the panels. Likewise I was also the' Job Architect' for
Fisons' Levington Research Station and was very disappointed to know
that the sgraffito panel in the main building had been destroyed in the
1980s - I can't imagine why.
It is sad that so much work in this area by this quite prolific and
noted 20th century artist has been so badly treated. However we should
be very grateful to Merv Russen for his work in researching and pursuing
these works by John Hutton and achieving as much success as is possible
in the circumstances.
IPSWICH AIRPORT TERMINAL BUILDING
From Angelika Voss
I would like to comment on Bob Kindred's article in the January
Newsletter where he claims that no Listed buildings were demolished
between 1995 and 2008. I believe that this claim is factually incorrect.
..... what did they do to the Ipswich Airport Terminal Building if not
demolish it? Or does that not count because they replaced it by a new
building that looks similar and has retained one wall of the original?
A reply from Bob Kindred, Conservation & Urban Design Manager, IBC
The building was severely altered and the substantial reconstruction
retained more the spirit of the original building than the 1938
structure. 'Demolition' is complete loss - which is what our figures are
about. The basis of its original protection, its 15 foot modular
construction (claimed by English Heritage to be a very rare and early
example) was found not to exist and had probably been removed long
before it was Listed in November 1997. It remains Listed Grade II.