New London Architecture

NLA Nights at Pitzhanger Manor


Thursday 25 May 2023
18:30 - 20:30

Join NLA and Jestico + Whiles for a spring evening at the Grade-I listed Pitzhanger Manor, once the country home of Sir John Soane.
Peeling back layers of history, extensions and overpainting, architects Jestico + Whiles and heritage experts Julian Harrap Architects led a three-year restoration project to return Pitzhanger to Soane’s original design. With its canopy domed ceilings, radical decorative paint schemes and inventive use of space and light, Pitzhanger features many of Soane’s signature architectural elements that are prominent in his later work including Dulwich Picture Gallery and his city home in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Alongside the design of a new café and events building and refurbishment of the former library into a gallery and exhibition space, Jestico + Whiles reinstated important structural elements of Soane’s design, such as the conservatory demolished in 1901 and the dramatic central roof light which returns Pitzhanger to the silhouette Soane intended. 
Over the course of the evening, there will be tours of the Manor led by the architects, the opportunity to hear first hand from decorative painter Alasdair Peebles about the techniques used to meticulously recreate hand-painted Chinese wallpaper in the Upper Drawing Room, as well as access to a Pitzhanger’s spring exhibition showcasing the work of one of the 20th century's most influential sculptors Anthony Caro. 
18:30   Arrivals and registration
19:00   Welcome from NLA
              Lydia Allain Chapman, Project Manager, NLA
19:05   Introduction and welcome from speakers
            Jude Harris, Director, Jestico + Whiles
            Howell James CBE, Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery Trust 
            Alasdair Peebles, Decorative Painter

19:15   Further drinks and networking plus:
           Tours of Pitzhanger Manor with architects
           Watercolour painting techniques with decorative painter Alasdair Peebles
           Access to exhibition Anthony Caro: The Inspiration of Architecture
20:30   End

Speaker biographies

Lydia Allain Chapman

Project Manager, NLA

Jude Harris

Director, Jestico + Whiles

Howell James CBE

Chair, Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery Trust

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Pitzhanger Manor 
Ealing Green
London W5 5EQ


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