Hornsey Town Hall & Mountview
Mountview, currently based in Wood Green but with its roots in Crouch End (originally in Mountview Road), will bring much-needed investment and stability to this important building and will embrace its listed-status and restore it to its former glory, bringing the Town Hall back to life as a sustainable and thriving hub for creative arts in Haringey. Long-term public access to the building has also been safeguarded and Mountview is working closely with the Trust and the Council to develop a heritage education programme.
Hornsey Town Hall is the Grade 2* listed building in the heart of Crouch End, much loved by the community and admired by many for its stunning architecture and its beautiful interiors. Designed by Reginald Uren in the 1930s, the RIBA award-winning Town Hall was used by the council until the 1960s, and has been closed to the public since 2005. Many local residents remember paying their rates in the Town Hall or attending one of the many concerts in the Assembly Hall. Queen played their first gig at the Town Hall and other groups, including Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull and The Kinks with Hornsey College of Art student Ray Davies, also performed there.
Mountview is one of the U.K.’s leading drama schools with over 400 students training on its acting, musical theatre and technical theatre courses . Many more young people from across the borough take part in its extensive outreach programme. Mountview’s return, currently scheduled for 2015 looks set to enhance an already vibrant Crouch End and will be definitely something to celebrate.
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