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At Annetta Pedretti’s House

April 13, 2021
by the gentle author

Yesterday I took these photographs of Annetta Pedretti’s eighteenth century house in Princelet St as an introduction to tonight’s free lecture by Louis Schulz of the architectural collective, Assemble. Louis will be telling the story of Annetta and her extraordinary house, and outlining plans for its future as a centre for campaigning and resistance against exploitative development.

Click here to register for HOUSE OF ANNETTA, A SITE OF RESISTANCE tonight, Tuesday 13th April at 7pm

Annetta created this vaulting in her garden summer house

Annetta built these drawers into her staircase

Annetta’s timber supply for repair of her house fills the cellar

Fire damage on the first floor

Annetta made her bed of chairs and designed the paper clothes hanging above

The view over Hanbury St from the attic

The Battle for Brick Lane exhibition curated by The Gentle Author at Annetta’s House reopens in May

Click here to register for free for our next event VOICES FROM BRICK LANE’S JEWISH PAST on Tuesday 20th April at 7:30pm


7 Responses leave one →
  1. Whim Penny permalink
    April 13, 2021

    This house has some lovely bones and will be a fabulous restoration challenge. Please keep us posted. Whim

  2. Jill Wilson permalink
    April 13, 2021

    Great photos of a fascinating place which is full of all sorts of Annetta’s creative and unfinished restoration projects. I am so pleased that Assemble have been given the task of transforming it into a centre for resistance against the exploitative developments which are ruining the East End, thus continuing Annetta’s work in a very positive way.

    It will be a great place for all the concerned grassroots campaigns to come together and share their experiences and support each other.

    I made a scale model of the house during lockdown last year and so I already know it well, but your fantastic photos have highlighted some details which have been revealed since I was last there. For example the many layers of wall paper, and the surprising pink door!

    Looking forward to Louis’s talk tonight!

  3. Helen D permalink
    April 13, 2021

    What a fascinating house. A treasure trove of architectural features.

  4. David Gooding permalink
    April 13, 2021

    Some sympathetic restoration required for this potentially delightful dwelling.
    Hopefully, this property can be restored to something close to its original condition and be included on a list of historic houses open for public viewing.

  5. April 13, 2021

    I knew Annetta, I was lucky enough to be shown round her house a few times over the years (it reminded me a lot of a house in the high Alps where my mother’s family is from). I was very sad when I heard she had died. Please do count me in both as regards her house and the wider issues of appalling planned developments in or around Brick Lane (which I think will obliterate both the past and the future of the whole area) : I have lived near and worked in Brick Lane for 45 years. Annetta Pedretti’s was and is a fine and extraordinary house & she herself such a strong person.

  6. June 11, 2023

    Hello Anette – knocked on your door on princelet st and couldn’t remember last time we met.

  7. susanna pedretti permalink
    February 19, 2024

    please keep me in tuch with ure plans and about wat youve gona doe here Annetta is mi Sister!
    i lived with her 2 moth aprocxipatly 93 or 94
    i miss her so much🌊🙏🏼
    thanks of being faithfull and honest
    greetings from
    susanna pedretti

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