Yesterday, JTA had the pleasure of visiting the newly restored Pitzhanger Manor. This Grade I listed 19th century landmark, located in Ealing, was owned by Sir John Soane between 1800 and 1810.
Through his time at the property, Soane demolished most of the existing fabric but since the late 20th century, there has been an extensive restoration of the building and its grounds. Works have been set out to return Pitzhanger Manor to Soane’s design, in order to ensure its future as a highly regarded museum and cultural venue for London.
The completed works aimed to make the building more easily accessible, allowing visitors to experience this heritage and arts attraction, noticing the restoration of many lost features of the site, Soane’s reinstated architectural vision and the unveiling of the Manor’s rich history.
With funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, works were carried out by architects Jestico +Whiles and experts in conservation, Julian Harrap. Paint archaeology by Hare & Humphreys recovered original colours and surfaces, including an arsenic based colour. A shallow domed stained-glass skylight highlights the library, which was designed in the 1930s by local authority as a homage to Soane, has been restored and reopened with an eye-catching exhibition by sculptor Anish Kapoor.
Jo Townshend Architects look forward to moving forward with Pitzhanger Manor and the creation of a space for volunteers, within the existing Lodge Yard of Pitzhanger Manor.