Bendhu House, Ballintoy

Smaxi

Joined March 2008

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This house can be seen as one descends along the roadway into Ballintoy, County Antrim, N.Ireland. Even the listers categorise this as “an eccentric and highly original house”. It was built by Newton Penprase, a Cornishman, born in 1888, the son of an interior decorator, who at the age of 23 was appointed to a teaching post at Belfast College of Art. He began work on the house in 1936 and, despite his retirement in 1953, persevered with it until an accident to his hands prevented him from carrying out any further work. It was his intention that the house should be “all of concrete”. To quote the exhibition catalogue of 1977, “The building shows how he interpreted this intention, for part is reinforced concrete, which has been cast in situ using shuttering, part has been built from several varieties of concrete bricks and blocks many of which have been made individually as required, and there are, too, many different surface textures, frequently applied with a hand trowel. It was no exaggeration of Penprase when he stated that his house was built out of a bucket.”

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