yes i found out mr. driscoll died in 2007. he really seems
to have been an institution in the society.
i also saw some plans of restructuring the building, but
right now it seems to be left to fall apart unfortunately..
I posted the following in 2005... (see page 4 of this thread)
A neighbour and I have just spent a fascinating afternoon at the London Metropolitan Archives in Northampton Road, EC1R 0HB researching the history of Driscoll House (originally Ada Lewis House). We saw the original plans and photographs - the building has hardly changed in over 90 years. Also there were planning applications, invitations to the opening (Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll opened it in 1913) and press cuttings. The original specifications and tenders for the building prove that the fabric of the building is of very high quality and should be saved. Virtually all of the original interiors survive intact.
Mr Driscoll's daughter, Anne, passed away in 2008.
I talked my way in not long before it closed (luckily old Driscoll wans't on the door at that moment), and snapped a few quick photos. I added them to the Wikipedia page about Driscoll House, but some busybody keeps deleting them saying I don't own the copyright.
Anne Driscoll and Mr Driscoll as a young woman took me in when I was on my rivets they never looked down their nose at me when everyone else was, people dont realise just what a kind considerate and strong man he was his kitchen was CLEAN Im a cleaner I know what Im talking about I ate there for nearly three years walking in and out of the kitchens reguarly and I mean reguarly I worked in a microbiology lab in kettering general hospital I know what is unclean and what is not ok and those kitchens were spotless he was ordering fresh food every day my mother can vouch whatever politcal reasons about why they shut this place down is what shoud be analysised I worked for Response cleaning so its bollocks about the cleanliness