Current projects at National Trust London - including an exhibition at Fenton House, Hampstead's "country house in the city" - raise the type of question that Dexters frequently encounters in the course of our daily business at eclectic properties for sale across London. So what, exactly, constitutes a heritage building?
In Hampstead and neighbouring St John's Wood alone, a number of modernist exteriors hide a distinctive interior that definitely merits further exploration. Often, quite literally next door, you'll find property with enough period features for an entire costume drama. We continually see these two extremes side by side; they are a vital element of London's unique layers of history which attract London buyers and overseas investors alike.
Further east meanwhile, the warehouse conversions around Aldgate come with their own brand of history, their exposed brick walls and roof gardens an appealing remnant of their industrial heritage.
For Dexters, a heritage building is all of these. So if you'd like to be a part of London's history, get in touch.
These projects form part of a wider conversation about what heritage means today. “If we see ourselves as an organisation which is a champion for heritage, for nature and for beauty, then where are the boundaries of those things?,” he says. “What does it mean to describe a building as beautiful? Can Brutalism be beautiful? What is heritage, where does heritage stop? Whose heritage is it?” The aim is both to raise these questions, but also directly protect important buildings that may be under threat, simply because their architectural styles are out of fashion. “Fifty years ago we were busy knocking down huge swathes of Victorian London in the name of progress,” he says. “And now we’re knocking down Brutalism, we’re knocking down Modernism, we’re knocking down all those more recent things, which are equally important, in the name of progress."