A Gay Architect, A Secret Wall

British Mansion

A mansion designed by a famous gay architect has just gone the market for £9m (€10.4m) in Surrey, near London, and it houses a special part of queer British history. The house was designed in the 1930s by British architect Sir Raymond McGrath, with help from a well-known garden designer, Sir Christopher Tunnard.

Tunnard then lived in the house, called St Ann’s Court, with his lover, a stockbroker called Gerald Schlesinger, despite the laws prohibiting gay relationships. To get around the law, the couple had a architectural trick they used to bamboozle guests.

The bedroom could split into two, using a false wall. This meant when guests came they could present themselves as two chaste bachelors, and not two men in love.

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Authored By Jack Flanagan
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