By Lynn F. Pearson
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2). Thus E. 's advocacy of the block form for cooperative housekeeping was not likely to find much favour with the working classes with their prior experience of model dwellings. However, it may have been calculated to attract the philanthropists, without whose money it would have been difficult to begin building. Even in 1872, philanthropic provision was seen as the only answer to the problem of housing the poor. Although the Torrens Act had been passed in 1868, allowing authorities to demolish insanitary houses, state housing was still several decades away.
Although the plan was unexceptional, being only the latest in a long line of similar suggestions, it at last produced a reaction in the form of the registration of the Ladies' Dwellings Company Limited on 6 April 1888. Letters of support for the idea of a cooperative home had reached the editor of Work and Leisure, Louisa M. Hubbard, following the publication of the plan. 20 She and her associates then developed the idea and proposed in November 1887 that a Ladies' Associated Dwellings Company should be formed.
There was also the possibility of adding schoolrooms or gardens. He intended the central passages of the blocks of flats to be lit from above, although this would have been so gloomy that gas lighting might well have been added. Privacy would depend on sound insulation between flats and the number of staircases included in the final building; more staircases would have increased the cost. Facilities in the central block would cause some E. M. King and the English Response 29 problems because of the stairs.
The Architectural and Social History of Cooperative Living by Lynn F. Pearson