Restoration at Pitzhanger Manor
Discover restoration techniques at Pitzhanger Manor. Decorative painter Alasdair Peebles teaches visitors the chinoiserie painting techniques he used to restore the walls of Pitzhanger to their former Regency glory.
Pitzhanger Manor is an early 19th-century villa designed by leading Georgian architect Sir John Soane. The house was intended as both a country retreat for Soane and his family and as a place for Soane to advertise to clients his idiosyncratic architectural style, with its stripped-back classical detail, radical colour schemes and inventive use of space and light. Pitzhanger was also used as a place of entertainment and a site for accommodating Soane’s growing collection of antiquities, paintings, sculpture and architectural fragments.
With remarkably little alteration, Pitzhanger Manor passed through a succession of owners until the building was sold to Ealing District Council in 1901 and extended to become Ealing's Public Library. Soane's ornamental gardens and parkland became Walpole Park.
Following a successful Heritage Lottery Fund application, Pitzhanger is undergoing full restoration and renovation, using highly skilled craftspeople to reignite Soane’s original vision. Both the Manor and the adjoining art gallery will reopen in Autumn 2018.