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Finchley, a charming enclave within the London Borough of Barnet, offers a captivating blend of architectural history and contemporary design. Victorian and Edwardian terraced houses, adorned with ornate facades, line the leafy streets, serving as a testament to the area's historical charm.

One architectural jewel that stands out is the iconic Avenue House, a Victorian mansion built in 1859. Its grandeur is a testament to the opulence of the era, with rich red-brick exteriors and lush gardens, making it a beloved landmark. 

Phoenix Cinema, an Art Deco gem, is another architectural delight that has stood the test of time, contributing to the artistic character of Finchley.

Amidst the iconic green spaces of Victoria Park and the serene charm of Dollis Brook, Finchley's architecture harmonizes with its natural surroundings. The beauty of Finchley's architecture is not just in its structures but in the harmony they create with the vibrant community and rich heritage that defines this thriving London suburb.

Avenue House

Avenue House is a cherished architectural and historical treasure. This grand Victorian mansion was built in 1859 by Rev. Edward Cooper and then enlarged and renovated between 1874 and 1878 by Henry “Inky” Stephens.
Avenue House is a wonderful Victorian mansion with rooms overlooking the Gardens. Lived in by Henry Stephens from 1878, The house and grounds were left for public enjoyment by Stephens in his will. At the time of his death, it was already in use as a Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital and, between 1919 and 1925, was the RAF central hospital before the grounds were formally opened to the public on 3 May 1928. The house was then used for many years as a public library and as the offices of Finchley Borough Council after Council Offices in nearby Hendon Lane were destroyed by enemy action in the Second World War.

In 1989, the house's east wing was gutted by fire, but it has been restored to its former condition. The house is now a meetings and events venue, while the gardens and arboretum are open to the public free of charge. 

Avenue House offers a delightful escape into history, where visitors can explore its well-preserved rooms, showcasing period furnishings and historical exhibits. The venue also hosts cultural events, art exhibitions, and educational programs, making it a vibrant centre for community engagement and appreciation of Finchley's rich heritage.

Finchley architecture and design spotlight
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