Gently renovated, thoroughly restored or even a modern build - which Georgian dolls' house steals your heart?
The Georgian Group is a British charity dedicated to the preservation of buildings erected in the Georgian period.
In honour of this work, The Georgian Group Architectural Awards, in conjuction with Savills, crown some of the country’s finest Georgian builds under a series of categories – and we have all the amazing photos to take your breath away.
Drum roll please, the winners are…
Old Royal Dockyard at Sheerness in Kent (Spitalfields Trust)
A prestigious title that has only been awarded just twice, this year’s Outstanding Achievement winner is the Old Royal Dockyard. After nearly falling into the hands of a property developer, the Dockyard is now a project of restoration that will see the Admiral’s House and the Church reclaimed back to their original condition.
Kilboy, Co Tipperary
Deriving from the Greek word for
‘different’ this award recognises projects beyond the confines of traditional Georgian architecture. Kilboy was awarded the inaugural prize for its exceptional restoration that honours various phases of Georgian architecture.
With references to Palladio’s Villa Rotunda, Gibbsian style windows and classic Rococo interiors, the house once again oozes 18th Century Irish drama.
RESTORATION OF A GEORGIAN COUNTRY HOUSE
Shanks House, Somerset
The core of this house dates back to the 17th century so it required a careful hand and sensitive touches during restoration. The stables are now covered in authentic thatch from the period, the kitchen has been moved to its original location within the house and the rest of the abode has been repaired and renewed.
RESTORATION OF A GEORGIAN INTERIOR
Joint Winner: Private Apartments, Sir John Soane’s Museum
A beautiful addition to the Sir John Soane Museum; Soane’s private apartments have been revived. An acute attention to detail ensured the new abode honoured his neo-classical style and taste and the result is a polished Georgian interior that includes a few of his weird and wonderful art pieces collected throughout his lifetime.
Joint Winner: Soane Tribune at Wotton House
Continuing the tribute to architect John Soane, this joint winner has restored a lost Soane interior.
Remains of his work were found at Wotton House in the 1920s and have been delicately recreated to resemble the original artwork.
RESTORATION OF A GEORGIAN BUILDING IN AN URBAN SETTING
Belmont House in Lyme Regis
This mid-Georgian villa fell into ruin after the previous owner’s death, author John Fowles, in 2005. After The Landmark Trust acquired the property the Victorian and later additions were demolished leaving just the original house. The house was then finished in the artificial stone founded by Mrs. Coade during the Georgian period to perfect the restoration.
REUSE OF A GEORGIAN BUILDING
13 Ely Place in Holborn
Once a school, then a convent and now charity offices, this London build shows the multiple functions of a Georgian build. Restored on a limited budget, 13 Ely Place once again stands tall in is neighbourhood as a place of humanitarian work in a beautifully historic townhouse.
RESTORATION OF A GEORGIAN GARDEN OR LANDSCAPE
Croome Park, Worcestershire
A twenty-year old project embarked upon by The National Trust, the gardens of Croome Park have finally been restored to Capability Brown’s original work. Planting patterns have been recovered, the Chinese Bridge has been rebuilt and the Rotunda has been saved. The gardens once again reflect the beauty of this Georgian mansion.
NEW BUILDING IN THE CLASSICAL TRADITION
Bighton Grange, Hampshire
Inspired by the light stone colours of the Regency fashion when red brick was considered too brash for the countryside, this contemporary country home successfully ignites Georgian glamour with modern architecture thanks to George Saumarez Smith of ADAM Architecture.
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THE GILES WORSLEY AWARD FOR A NEW BUILDING IN A GEORGIAN CONTEXT
Joint Winner: 47 Canonbury Square, Islington
In honour of architectural historian Dr Giles Worsley, this award looks to commend buildings that celebrate the past, present and future.
47 Canonbury Square’s history has been recovered by rebuilding the floors that fell into ruin, mending its structural problems and giving it a prized spot of the Georgian square once again.
Joint Winner: 4A-6 Grove Lane, Southwark
Video Of The Week
This fractured build combines multiple architectural styles from multiple eras. Due to a close attention to detail that marries the build, this hickelty-pickelty home has finally been restored using authentic Georgian materials that will ensure its safety for years to come.