John Goodacre holds a sketchbook by architect Joseph Goddard at the launch of the exhibition to house his work at the now ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple. John Goodacre owns The rectory in Ashby Parva which Joseph Goddard designed. Original drawings and paintings of Leicester’s most famous landmarks by eminent Victorian architect Joseph Goddard are to be displayed in public for the first time in history on 11 April 2018, to mark his 172th birthday. The exhibition will take in the iconic former bank building, currently owned by ISKCON, at 31 Granby Street.
Joseph Goddard designed some of Leicester’s most famous landmarks, including the Clock Tower, the Thomas Cook offices, and 31 Granby Street, the impressive former Midland bank building. Hundreds of bound books were donated to ISKCON in 2017 by the great grandsons of Goddard and now the exhibition will feature samples of original drawings and designs by the architect.