Caius House, Battersea - rebirth of a youth club
Details of the Historic Building recording and Field Evaluation that was carried out in January 2008 at Caius House (immediately prior to the demolition) by AOC Archaeology Group. They reported that "The most impressive feature of the building was a stained glass window located in the western gable on the first floor. It has been identified as a design by Sir Edward Burne-Jones by the Victoria and Albert Museum. Sir Edward Burne-Jones (1833 - 1898) was an English artist and designer closely associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. This window commemorates the lives of four young men who died tragically in a drowning accident in Saltdean in August 1912 while the Caius Summer Club was in session at Rottingdean near Brighton. Lady Georgiana Burne-Jones had a home in Rottingdean and, upset by the tragedy, offered to release an Edward Burne-Jones memorial window to the memory of the four boys (Edward Burne-Jones had died in 1898). It is intended that the window will be removed carefully during demolition and reinstated in the new building".
Post Script (2014) - Even when I lived there, the rapidly gentrifying nature of North Battersea meant that Caius House was increasingly surrounded by new developments of flats and offices, and looking increasingly isolated among the building sites. It was demolished to make way for a new development of 73 one-and-two bed flats by the Thornsett Group, which will incorporate a new and larger mission, still called Caius House, on the ground floor - with flats above (there will be river views from some of the flats). Foundation work was scheduled to start at the end of February 2009.
Just when it looked like it was all over, Caius House is back! In a vast new building, taking the club from a church hall type setup to something that's right up to date. It's been a long journey (not helped by a global recession and short property crash), but when I cycled past a few weeks back building work was pretty much complete. I'm hoping to have a look around, but for the meantime, there's lots more detail here on the club's website. And here's the artist's impression of the new building (which has taken over the old site as well as the outdoor pitch next door, and added several floors of flats above).
My first photo of Caius House approximately corresponds to the viewpoint from the left hand parked car in the right hand picture above.