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Costs of the project
Over the last two centures, since Soane sold Pitzhanger, its various owners have made some significant alterations and additions to the house. But though often concealed and overpainted, the key elements of Soane's design and decoration remain remarkably intact. Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery Trust is committed to a £12 million project to peel back the subsequent layers so as to reveal Pitzhanger as it was in Soane's time, to conserve his work and to reinstate some of the Manor's key features destroyed over the years.
To date £10 million of these costs have been raised from generous grants and donations by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Ealing Council, Arts Council England, other trusts, foundations and individuals. However a further £2 million remains to be raised in order to complete the project and to enable this gem of a building to be conserved for future generations, so they too can enjoy its beauty and quirkiness, be inspired by Soane's creativity and study his innovative design.
Scope of the project
The project involves the sensitive conservation and repair of the entire Pitzhanger estate. Subsequent Victorian and Edwardian extensions to the Manor wil be removed, and key features of Soane's design, lost over the years, will be reinstated. These include Soane's spectacular conservatory overlooking the Park, and the elegant colonnade between Manor and adjacent Gallery (housed in the 1930s art-deco style building alongside the Manor and built on the site of Soane's kitchens). Paint analysis has been commissioned of all of Soane's original decorative paint schemes in the Manor to enable these to be reinstated.
The contemporary Art Gallery will be upgraded with improved environmental conditions to allow for a provocative programme of exhibitions with loans from leading collections. A brasserie -The Garden Room - will be constructed in the Manor's walled kitchen garden, and the surrounding landscape returned to its Regency splendour. The Manor and Gallery will be made accessible for all visitors, and an exciting scheme of interpretation, designed to engage audiences young and old, will be installed telling the story of Soane's life and work.