North London’s iconic Kenwood House will reopened to the public tomorrow following a £6 million restoration
The Grade I-listed stately home in Hampstead will open on Thursday (28 November) after being closed for refurbishment for eight months.
The overhaul focussed on the library and several other rooms inside the English Heritage-owned attraction which was extensively remodelled and redecorated by the Scottish Neoclassical architect Robert Adam between 1767 and 1770.
The library, the largest room inside the 18th century house, was redecorated several times in the house’s history which meant Adam’s original designs had been painted over. It was restored in the sixties but this was found to be inaccurate after detailed paint analysis.
The project also involved restoring and repainting the exterior of the house and the replacement of the roof.
Simon Thurley, chief executive of English Heritage, said: ‘Kenwood House is one of the great buildings of Britain and one of London’s most special places.
‘It combines one of the nation’s greatest collections of art set in now painstakingly restored historic interiors. Thanks to our restoration, it once more has the feel of an 18th century gentleman’s residence. We want people to experience Kenwood as a home, to sit back and enjoy the views, both inside and outside the house.’
Kenwood House was closed to the public back in March 2012 before the work began.