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Ptolemy Dean appointed architectural advisor to Westminster Abbey

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Historic preservation architect and television presenter Ptolemy Dean has been appointed Westminster Abbey’s new surveyor of the fabric

Dean will act as principal architectural advisor to the Dean & Chapter of the Grade I-listed abbey in London.

Westminster Abbey was the first Norman Romanesque style church in England and features two towers built by Nicholas Hawksmoor between 1722 and 1745.

John Hall, dean of Westminster, said: ‘We are delighted to have secured Ptolemy Dean as our new Surveyor of the Fabric. 

‘He brings with him enormous enthusiasm for the Abbey and a formidable reputation as an architect of much experience and great quality.’

Ptolemy Dean added: ‘It is a terrific privilege to be appointed Surveyor of the Fabric at Westminster Abbey. The Abbey finds itself at the heart of national life at Westminster, but must also serve as a place of prayer and retreat.

‘The opportunities for the Abbey church to continue to serve a monastic tradition of welcome and hospitality, while conserving its priceless fabric, are architectural challenges that could have a transforming effect.’

Dean replaces John Burton who held the position for 12 years. Christopher Wren was Westminster Abbey’s surveyor of the fabric between 1698 and 1723.

Other incumbents include James Wyatt (1776-1813) and Benjamin Dean Wyatt (1813-1827).

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