The original building at Hughes, now the Margaret Wileman building, was designed in 1894 by a local architect William Fawcett. In common with his other buidings, such as the Registry in Mill Lane, he worked in the style, known as Neo-Dutch, made popular by Norman Shaw and Stevenson with their houses in Kensington and Chelsea in the 70s and 80s. The materials used are cut brick, moulded brick and terra cotta all in a strong red with large mullioned windows all below a crowning gable. The projecting porch with its intricately moulded and virtually jointless brickwork is a tour de force of craftsmanship. I imagine that it was the work of expert subcontractors with both the special bricks and the men to lay them brought up to Cambridge to carry it out.
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