Cambridge Kettle’s Yard Building, Architect, Design, Jim Ede Project, Dates, History

Kettle’s Yard Cambridge Building

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post updated 18 July 2021

Kettle’s Yard Cambridge

Various gallery buildings – by various architects – have been built on the site over the years since 1957.

Kettle’s Yard
Date built: 1957
Set up by Jim Ede

Photograph taken on 4 November 2004:
Cambridge Kettle’s Yard art gallery building
photo © Andrew Dunn, 4 November 2004, courtesy of wikimedia commons ; Website:

Kettle’s Yard – First Extension
Date built: 1970
Design: Leslie Martin & David Owers

Kettle’s Yard – Second Extension
Date built: 1980
Design: Leslie Martin & Robert Weighton

Kettle’s Yard – Third Extension
Date built: 1984
Design: Leslie Martin & Ivor Richards

Penultimate Extension
Date built: 1994
Design: Bland, Brown & Cole

Current Expansion
Date built: 2005-
Design: Jamie Fobert Architects

Address: Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AQ

Contact Kettle’s Yard: 01223 748 100

St Peter’s Church and Kettle’s Yard, taken on 14 April 2008:
St Peter's Church and Kettle’s Yard buildings
photo : Sebastian Ballard, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The building is located on the west side of Castle Street, between Northampton Street and St Peter’s Church.

It was originally the Cambridge home of Jim Ede and his wife Helen, from 1956. Four small cottages were converted into one house with a place to display their collection of early 20th-century art.

In 1966, Ede gave the house and collection to the University of Cambridge, but continued living there before moving to Edinburgh in 1973. In 1970, the house was extended, adding an exhibition gallery in a contrasting Modernist style by architect Leslie Martin.

Location: Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AQ, south east England, United Kingdom

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