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2009-
Oct 5

The Splendor of the English Country House
by MARY MIERS
, Architectural Historian and Author
LOS ANGELES - Monday, 5 October - 6:30pm with Reception and Book Signing to follow
SAN FRANCISCO - Wednesday, 7 October - 6:00pm Reception, 6:30pm Talk, Followed by a no-host Dinner
*SOLD OUT* NEW YORK - Tuesday, 13 October - 6:00pm with Reception and Book Signing to follow

The English country house lies at the very heart of England’s history and cultural life. That it continues to be a source of dreams and aspiration owes much to Country Life, which, since it was established in 1897, has featured a different country house in each weekly issue and advertised more in its property pages. In her lecture, architectural historian Mary Miers will explore the architecture and interiors of some of the stunning country houses, in a range of architectural styles spanning seven centuries, brought to life through the photography library of Country Life and illustrated in her new book The English Country House (Rizzoli, 2009). She will show the details of the exquisite interior decoration of these homes, many still privately occupied by descendants of the families that built them, and discuss how most of these houses were built as an expression of status, many interpreting the mainstream architectural trends of the day with their own distinctive provincial character and regional traditions of craftsmanship.

TICKETS:   LA and SF $25 members, $35 non-members; NY $30 members, $40 non-members
LA LOCATION:  UCLA Faculty Center, 480 Charles E. Young Drive East
SF LOCATION:  Metropolitan Club, 640 Sutter Street - Formal Business Attire required, no cell phones
NY LOCATION: The Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street (between Park and Madison, north side of block)

A joint program of the Royal Oak Foundation with the Soane Foundation, Rizzoli,  English-Speaking Union San Francisco Chapter (SF), National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA (SF), The Decorative Arts and Design Council of Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LA), The American Friends of the Attingham Summer School (LA/SF).

Please contact the Royal Oak Foundation for tickets or go online to http://www.royal-oak.org/lecture_heinz.html


2009-
Oct 8

Newport Villas: The Revival Styles 1885-1935
by MICHAEL C. KATHRENS
, Author and Architectural Historian
NEW YORK - Thursday, 8 October - 6:30pm Reception and Book Signing, 7:00pm Lecture

Join us for an enlightening description of the architectural and social development of this summer resort town, the nexus of wealth and fashion at the end of the nineteenth century. To accommodate their entertaining in “cottages” that ranged from thirty to seventy rooms, Newport’s elite engaged the country’s most accomplished architects. This period is the subject of Mr. Kathrens new book Newport Villas: The Revival Styles 1885-1935 (W.W. Norton, January, 2009); his previous book was The Great Houses of New York.

TICKETS:  Free for members of the Soane Foundation and the ICA&CA, $10 for the general public.
Space is limited; Please reserve at 212-730-9646, ext 109 |  1.5 AIA / CES LUs (Theory)
LOCATION:  Library at the General Society, 20 West 44th Street, NYC(south side of block, bet. Fifth and Sixth Avenues)
A program is presented by the Institute of Classical Architecture and Classical America with the Soane Foundation.


2009-
Oct 30

Of Sphinxes and Sofas: Reviving and Reimagining Antiquity
by EMILY EVANS EERDMANS, Design Historian and Author, New York
SAN FRANCISCO - Friday, October 30, 11:15 a.m. Book-signing to follow.

The 19th-century English Regency style looked to Egyptian and Greco-Roman
antecedents. Showing examples from her book Regency Redux: High Style Interiors:
Napoleonic, Classical Moderne, and Hollywood Regency (Rizzoli, 2008), Eerdmans
will trace this taste from Thomas Hope’s iconic “Egyptian Room” to Oliver
Messel's lavish sets for the 1945 film “Caesar and Cleopatra.”
In collaboration with The Royal Oak Foundation and Sir John Soane’s
Museum Foundation.

TICKETS: $15 in advance.  Please purchase through the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show brochure PDF
LOCATION: Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

Brochure


2009-
Nov 4

Rosslyn Chapel: Fact and Fiction
by THE COUNTESS OF ROSSLYN,
Owner and Director of Rosslyn Trust
SAN FRANCISCO - Wednesday, 4 November - 6:00pm Reception, 6:30pm Talk, Followed by no-host Dinner
LOS ANGELES - Thursday, 5 November - 11am Talk followed by a luncheon

Rosslyn Chapel is one of the most famous medieval chapels in the world, and recently was popularized from its appearance in the book and movie The Da Vinci Code. The chapel was founded in 1446 just outside Edinburgh, Scotland, by Sir William St Clair, first Earl of Caithness and the third and last St Clair Prince of Orkney. Designed to be part of a larger church located near the Castle, the larger building was never completed after Sir William’s death in 1484. It fell into disrepair during the Reformation and it was abandoned as a place of worship. Today, what remain are the extraordinary choir and Lady Chapel—restored at the behest of Queen Victoria—with its elaborate and fanciful decorative carving that has astounded visitors. Indeed, Rosslyn’s symbolism realized in stone has been celebrated in literature and art by Wordsworth, Sir Walter Scott, and many others. From the so-called Apprentice Pillar with its legend of a jealous murder to over 100 carvings of “Green Men” in and around the Chapel, decorative motifs with Christian, Pre-Christian, Pagan and Arabic symbolism abound. Whether or not carvings look like corn, which was unknown in Europe in the 15th century, or if the 213 patterned stone cubes protruding from the pillars and arches form a musical score are a few of the questions that have been debated by scholars in recent years. The myths surrounding the chapel and St. Clair family, including the link to Freemasonry, the Knights Templar and the Holy Grail, remain romantic legends celebrated in both fiction and film. Helen, Countess of Rosslyn will examine the architectural history of this fascinating and remarkable building, discuss a few of the myths and stories associated with the Chapel and outline the current plans for its $18 million conservation project. 

SF TICKETS: $25 members, $25 non-members | Dinner reservations, 415-362-6985 by Oct. 25th.
SF LOCATION:  Metropolitan Club, 640 Sutter Street - Formal Business Attire required, no cell phones
A joint program of the Royal Oak Foundation with the Soane Foundation, English-Speaking Union San Francisco Chapter, National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA, The American Friends of the Attingham Summer School.

LA TICKETS: $50 members, $60 non-members - both include lunch
LA LOCATION: Beverly Hills Women’s Club, 1700 Chevy Chase Drive, Beverly Hills
A joint program of the Royal Oak Foundation with the Soane Foundation, Beverly Hills Women’s Club, Virginia Robinson Gardens, 
The Decorative Arts and Design Council of Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Please contact the Royal Oak Foundation for tickets or go online to http://www.royal-oak.org/lecture_heinz.html


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2009-Mar 23

The Strange Genius of Sir John Soane
by TIM KNOX, Director, Sir John Soane’s Museum, London
BOSTON - Friday, 25 September 2009 - Lecture 6:00pm with Reception and Book Signing

*SOLD OUT*

Tim Knox will discuss Sir John Soane, the idiosyncratic eighteenth-century architect of such extraordinary buildings as the Bank of England and the Dulwich Picture Gallery.  Soane was a prickly, difficult man, but capable of deep friendships and great generosity. His devotion to architecture and collecting is best commemorated by his former London home — the Sir John Soane Museum.  Knox will draw upon Soane’s own archive to paint a fresh picture of this strange, tormented genius of British architecture.

LOCATION: The Boston Athenaeum, 10 ½ Beacon Street, Boston (just down from the State House)

A joint program of the Soane Foundation, the Royal Oak Foundation and The Boston Athenaeum.


Mrs. Delany and Her Circle
NEW HAVEN - Wednesday, 23 September - Lecture 5:30pm and Opening

This exhibition will explore the life, world and work of Mary Delany, née Mary Granville (1700 – 1788). Though best known for her almost one thousand botanical "paper mosaics" now housed in the British Museum, which she began at the age of 72, Mrs. Delany used her craft activities to cement bonds of friendship and negotiate complex, interlinked social networks throughout a long life passed in artistic, aristocratic, and court circles in Georgian England and Ireland.  Mrs. Delany and Her Circle has been co-organized by the Yale Center for British Art and  Sir John Soane's Museum.

Information: www.ycba.yale.edu

LOCATION:  Exhibition at the Yale Center for British Art, 1000 Chapel Street, New Haven (corner of York Street)

Deborah Berke, Audrey Matlock, Annabelle Selldorf - Transforming the Skyline: Three Women Architects
A Soane Seminar of the “Thoroughly Modern Soane” Richard H. Driehaus Series

Monday, 18 May 2009 – 6:30pm

Please take a look at the Soane Seminars page for details on this next session.


Storyteller in Stone:  Sir John Vanbrugh
by PROFESSOR VAUGHAN HART

Monday, 27 April 2009 - Boston, Massachusetts
6:30pm lecture, reception and book signing to follow

at the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 101 Newbury Street, Boston
presented by the ROYAL OAK FOUNDATION with co-sponsorship by the SOANE FOUNDATION, the
ICA&CA BOSTON CHAPTER, and THE FRIENDS OF THE ATTINGHAM SUMMER SCHOOL

TICKETS:  $25 members | $30 General admission


Storyteller in Stone:  Sir John Vanbrugh
by PROFESSOR VAUGHAN HART

Wednesday, 29 April 2009 - New York City
6pm lecture, reception and book signing to follow

at the Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street, New York City
presented by the ROYAL OAK FOUNDATION with co-sponsorship by the SOANE FOUNDATION

Professor Vaughan Hart (B.S., B.Arch., University of Bath; M. Phil., Ph.D., University of Cambridge).   Dr. Hart is Professor of the History of Architecture at the University of Bath. He has lectured widely throughout Europe and the United States and is the author of numerous books including Art and Magic in the Court of the Stuarts; St. Paul’s Cathedral; Sir Christopher Wren, Palladio’s Rome; Paper Palaces, Nicholas Hawsksmoor: Rebuilding Ancient Wonders and editor of the treatises of Sebastiano Serlio. His most recent book is Sir John Vanbrugh: Storyteller in Stone, published by Yale University Press.   Storyteller in Stone: Sir John Vanbrugh - Sir John Vanbrugh (1664–1726) was a businessman, soldier, playwright, and (despite lacking either training or qualifications) the architect of some of the most important country houses of his era. His first commission was Castle Howard, where he worked with the more experienced Nicholas Hawksmoor.  At Blenheim, where Vanbrugh was charged with building a monument to the Duke of Marlborough, he evoked the military triumphs and legend of the Duke in his architecture. Architectural historian Professor Hart examines Vanbrugh’s surviving, destroyed, and unrealized buildings—among them Seaton Delaval and Grimsthorpe—outlining the contemporary political and social events that influenced their design and showing how these strikingly original buildings can be interpreted through reference to classical mythology, Renaissance fortifications, and medieval houses. John Soane called Sir John Vanbrugh "the Shakespeare of architects" as Vanbrugh attempted to celebrate the character and achievements of his patrons through his architecture and ornament, allowing visitors to read the character of the house’s owner through narrative and the iconography of the house.


CLASSICAL VISIONARIES:  A JefferSoanian Evening - Gala Dinner DanceTuesday, 21 April 2009



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Axis of Desire
by JOHN SALADINO
Wednesday, 15 April 2009 - New York City
6:30pm reception and book signing, lecture follows at 7pm

at the Library at the General Society, 20 West 44th Street, New York City
presented by the INSTITUTE OF CLASSICAL ARCHITECTURE AND CLASSICAL AMERICA (ICA&CA) with co-sponsorship by the SOANE FOUNDATION

John Saladino’s new book, Villa, published by Frances Lincoln (March, 2009), is a master class in interior and garden design by one of the world’s most respected architectural designers at work today. Join the ICA&CA and the Soane for an insightful talk with Mr. Saladino as he discusses how his principles and passions guided the reconstruction and restoration of a 1920s house and its garden.


Malplaquet House:
The Rescue of a London ‘House of Wonders’
by TIM KNOX, Director, Sir John Soane’s Museum, London
Monday, 23 March 2009
at the UCLA Faculty Center, 480 Charles E. Young Drive East, Los Angeles


Presented by the Royal Oak Foundation with co-sponsors
Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation; 
The Decorative Arts and Design Council of the Los Angeles County  Museum of Art


2009-
Mar 29
Malplaquet House:
The Rescue of a London ‘House of Wonders’
by TIM KNOX, Director, Sir John Soane’s Museum, London
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
at the Metropolitan Club, 640 Sutter Street, San Francisco

Presented by the Royal Oak Foundation with co-sponsors
Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation;
English-Speaking Union - San Francisco Chapter

Tim Knox and his partner, landscape historian Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, live in Malplaquet House in London, a 1740 four-story town house with 20-plus rooms originally built for a wealthy merchant. During the 19th century, the old mansion fell into disrepair, was badly damaged in the Blitz, and was abandoned —serving as the premises of an auto repair shop and a metal foil manufacturer. In 1998, Knox and Longstaffe-Gowan bought the dilapidated property and transformed it into a house of wonder, full of quirky collections that range from a rare double portrait by Sir Anthony Van Dyck, a death mask of Napoleon, and a tile from Beijing’s summer palace, to portraits of nuns, a sedan chair, and massed architectural models. Displayed against a backdrop of original 18th century painted paneling, cabinets groan with shells and natural curiosities, while marble busts peer out from every corner. Mr. Knox will tell of the dramatic rescue and revitalization of Malplaquet House, which now serves as a setting for this modern-day ‘cabinet of curiosities’.


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Oct 21

The Strange Genius of Sir John Soane
by TIM KNOX, Director, Sir John Soane’s Museum, London
Monday, 26 January 2009 - 7:00pm
at the Brown Auditorium, LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles
This event is sponsored by the Decorative Arts and Design Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Tim Knox will discuss Sir John Soane, the idiosyncratic eighteenth-century architect of such extraordinary buildings as the Bank of England and the Dulwich Picture Gallery.  Soane was a prickly, difficult man, but capable of deep friendships and great generosity. His devotion to architecture and collecting is best commemorated by his former London home — the Sir John Soane Museum.  Knox will draw upon Soane’s own archive to paint a fresh picture of this strange, tormented genius of British architecture.


Robert A. M. Stern The Janus Face of Modernity: Comcast and Fifteen Central Park West
A Soane Seminar of the “Thoroughly Modern Soane” Richard H. Driehaus Series

Tuesday, 13 January 2009 – 6:30pm


Please take a look at the Soane Seminars page for details on this next session.


Buildings in Miniature:
The Creation, Collecting and Display of Architectural Models in Europe


Tim Knox, Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum, London

presented by the
SOANE FOUNDAITON with co-sponsor YALE CENTER FOR BRITISH ART

Architectural models have long been used to help resolve structural problems, and also for presentation, as three-dimensional records, and for decoration. Referencing the collection of miniature buildings accumulated by the architect
Sir John Soane, Knox will describe the range of collectibles. 

Monday, October 20, 6:30 p.m.

Union Club, 101 East 69th Street - Attire: Jackets and ties required for men


Soane Museum Director Tim Knox to participate in this upcoming Bard Graduate Center program:

Formation, Innovation, and Legacy:
Thomas Hope and English Regency Design

Symposium sponsored by The Bard Graduate Center Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture

Tuesday, October 21, 2008
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Table, after a design published by Thomas Hope, ca. 1802, courtesy of the Trustees of the Victoria and Albert Museum

Thomas Hope: Regency Designer illuminates Hope’s multiple roles as a designer, patron, and author with a passion for the antique. The exhibition demonstrates his singular contributions to architecture, interior decoration, furniture, metalwork, and costume design in Regency England. This symposium further examines the interpretation of ancient Greece and Rome by architects, designers, and writers of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Distinguished scholars will address Thomas Hope’s legacy and related themes, such as the Society of Dilettanti; Percier and Fontaine and the French Empire style; and the drawings of antiquarian and designer C. H. Tatham. Speakers include Barry Bergdoll, John Hardy, Jason Kelly, Tim Knox, Tessa Murdoch, Tania Buckrell Pos, Robin Middleton, and David Watkin.  This symposium has been organized by the Department of Exhibition-Related Education at the BGC, in association with the Museum of Arts and Design.

Location: The Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, New York City

Advance registration required:  $50 general | $35 seniors and students         

For a complete schedule and to register,
please call 212.501.3011 or email Sarah Wilson at wilson@bgc.bard.edu

Thomas Hope: Regency Designer
is on view from July 17 through November 16, 2008

Bard Graduate Center ▪ 18 West 86th Street ▪ New York City

2008-
Oct 23

The San Francisco Fall Antiques Show

Buildings in Miniature:
The Creation, Collecting and Display of Architectural Models in Europe

Tim Knox, Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum, London


Architectural models have long been used to help resolve structural problems,
and also for presentation, as three-dimensional records, and for decoration.
Referencing the collection of miniature buildings accumulated by the architect
Sir John Soane, Knox will describe the range of these collectibles.
In conjunction with Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation.

Thursday, October 23, 10:30 a.m.

San Francicso Fall Antiques Show Brochure

2008-
Oct 22-24

PATRONS' CIRCLE TRIP to SOANE FRANCISCO
Please contact Chas Miller for further up-to-date details…

Wednesday, 22 October - Opening Reception of the San Francisco Fall Antiques Show (SFFAS) benefitting Enterprise for High School Students

Thursday, 23 October:
10:30am - SFFAS Lecture - Buildings In Miniature, presented by Tim Knox

That afternoon we have a very special visit to the home of Ann and Gordon Getty, one of four sons of J. Paul Getty, are longtime patrons of the arts and sciences. A world-renowned art and antique collection is housed in their San Francisco Pacific Heights mansion, designed by architect Willis Polk in 1913. Through the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, they donate millions to arts organizations around the country and are active in numerous philanthropic endeavors.

In the evening we will enjoy cocktails at the Nob Hill apartment of Scott and Terry Gross which was designed in association with Tom Kligerman of Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects and Ann Getty.

Friday, 24 October:
10:30am - private curator tour with Martin Chapman of the Legion of Honor of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Martin is curator of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture.

Visit to private collection of miniature rooms.

Visit two special design shops: Urban Chateau and Ed Hardy's Venetian villa inspired antique gallery; then we head to Ed Hardy’s new hill-top Italian villa with fantastic views of the city and bay.

Heading south to Palo Alto, we will enjoy cocktails at a family compound near Stanford University, which is the home of Cynthia and John Gunn


Saturday, 25 October:
10:30am - SFFAS Lecture - Lifestyles of the Rich and Roman: Luxury Arts in the Villas of Pompeii and Environs, presented by Kenneth Lapatin, Associate Curator of Antiquities, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Visit to the new building by Herzog & de Meuron of the de Young - Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and across the street to the just opened California Academy of Sciences building by Renzo Piano

Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, we head to Mill Valley for afternoon tea at the home of Paul Wiseman and Richard Snyder, a Craftsman-Mission style cottage built in 1886 as a summer house set in the redwoods and built of redwood.

Cocktails at the Neo-Classical styled offices of Grant K. Gibson Interior Design

Soane Patrons' Circle members are a group of supporters that provide donations of $1,000 to $2,000 or more.  Participation in the Soane Francisco events has it's own price per person which will include event and lecture tickets, museum admissions, some local transportation, etc.  Please contact the Soane office for more details.


THOROUGHLY MODERN SOANE - a Soane Seminar Session
with DANIEL LIBESKIND in conversation
        

Monday, 27 October 2008, 6:30pm
at the Union Club, 101 East 69th Street - Attire: Jackets and ties required for men

Please go to the Soane Seminars page for more details.


2008-
Apr 23

The Board of Directors of the Soane Foundation wishes to express sincere thanks to all who have helped to make the 2008 Gala the most successful event ever hosted by the Soane Foundation!

Thoroughly Modern Soane
April 23rd at the Rainbow Room
Cocktails 7:00 p.m.  Dinner 8:00 p.m.

Honorees
Robert A. M. Stern, and The Monacelli Press

Honorary Chairs
Sir Alan Collins, KCVO, CMG, British Consul-General, New York and Lady Collins

International Chair
Mrs. Deborah Brice

Gala Co-Chairs

Joel Barkley, Elissa Cullman, Richard H. Driehaus, Charles Gwathmey,
Elizabeth F. H. Scott, Kathleen E. Springhorn

Pictures tell the story… take a look at past
Gala 2007Gala 2005

Please go to the GALA 2008 page for more details…

Invitation Program Booklet

Soane 2008 Gala in the Press

New York Social Diary, May 6, 2008

New York Times, April 27, 2008   

New York Sun, April 25, 2008

2008-
Apr 21

SOLD OUT MALPLAQUET HOUSE: THE RESCUE OF
AN OLD LONDON MANSION

by TIM KNOX

Monday, 21 April 2008, 6:00pm
at
The Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street

and presented by the

ROYAL OAK FOUNDATION
with co-sponsors
SIR JOHN SOANE’S MUSEUM FOUNDATION

Tim Knox, Director of the Sir John Soane Museum, London and his partner, landscape historian Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, live in Malplaquet House in London, a 1740 four-story town house with 20-plus rooms originally built for a wealthy merchant. During the 19th century, the old mansion fell into disrepair, was badly damaged in the Blitz, and was abandoned —serving as the premises of an auto repair shop and a metal foil manufacturer. In 1998, Knox and Longstaffe-Gowan bought the dilapidated property and transformed it into a house of wonder, full of quirky collections that range from a rare double portrait by Sir Anthony Van Dyck, a death mask of Napoleon, and a tile from Beijing’s summer palace, to portraits of nuns, a sedan chair, and massed architectural models. Displayed against a backdrop of original 18th century painted paneling, cabinets groan with shells and natural curiosities, while marble busts peer out from every corner. Mr. Knox will tell of the dramatic rescue and revitalization of Malplaquet House, which now serves as a setting for this modern-day ‘cabinet of curiosities’.

TIM KNOX (Courtauld Institute, University of London) is the Director of Sir John Soane's Museum at Lincoln's Inn Fields in London, an appointment he received in 2005. Born in Africa, and brought up in Nigeria and Fiji, he studied history of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art of the University of London. He later became Assistant Curator at the Royal Institute of British Architects Drawings Collection and in 1995 joined the National Trust as its Architectural Historian. He was appointed Head Curator of the National Trust in 2002. He was one of the major champions for the Trust's acquisition of Tyntesfield, near Bristol, and was involved in such diverse NT projects as the restoration of Stowe Landscape Gardens, and the acquisition of The Workhouse in Nottinghamshire. He is a Trustee of Stowe House, of the Pilgrim Trust, and of Prehen, his ancestral home in Co. Londonderry, as well as a member of the Advisory Committee for the Palace of Versailles. He regularly writes and lectures on art, architecture and the history of collecting.


2008-
Mar 31

SOLD OUT CLASSICISM IN COLOR:
THE COUNTRY HOUSES OF ROBERT ADAM

by EILEEN HARRIS

Monday, 31 March 2008, 6:00pm  - BOOK SIGNING
at The Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street

and presented by the
ROYAL OAK FOUNDATION

with co-sponsors

YALE CENTER FOR BRITISH ART
and SIR JOHN SOANE’S MUSEUM FOUNDATION

Robert Adam is the only architect whose name appears in the "Oxford English Dictionary" to define a distinctive style, not only of architecture, but also of furniture and interior design. Eileen Harris, the leading authority on Robert Adams's interiors, will speak about the Scottish architect and designer’s masterpieces, including his great country houses and glamorous London town houses. She will illustrate the development of his style of domestic architecture and decoration and focus on color in his interiors, furniture, and fittings. She will feature examples of his early work, such as Syon in London, Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire, as well has his later work at Kenwood House in London, Osterely Park in Middlesex,Saltram in Devon, and Culzean Castle, Ayrshire, among others. She will also discuss Headfort, County Meath outside Dublin with its exceptional and colorful suite of five rooms designed by Adam in the 1770s — the remaining example of Adam's work in Ireland and now on the World Monuments Fund Watch List of 100 Most Endangered Sites.

DR. EILEEN HARRIS (Barnard College; Columbia University) is an independent architectural historian and author of several books on the work of Robert Adam including The Genius of Robert Adam: His Interiors, and most recently The Country House of Robert Adam: From the Archives of Country Life (2007). She is also the author of British Architectural Books before 1780 (1997).  She is Honorary Librarian and Consultant to the Adam Project at Sir John Soane’s Museum, London.

Reservations are required

Country Life Article


2008-
Mar 3

THOROUGHLY MODERN SOANE - a Soane Seminar Session    

CLUTTER: a talk by TOD WILLIAMS and BILLIE TSIEN
 

Monday, 3 March 2008, 6:00pm
at The Union Club, 101 East 69th Street, New York City
Business Attire required

The Soane Foundation, in conjunction with Architectural Record Magazine, presents the 2008 Soane Seminars Thoroughly Modern Soane.  Over the course of several sessions, some of the most innovative architects practicing in the early 21st century will discuss their debt to the early 19th-century architecture of Sir John Soane. The investigation is particularly apropos owing to Soane’s well-known use of simple masses, clean lines and forms, and his dramatic manipulation of light and reflective surfaces. 

SESSION ONE will feature the architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, acclaimed for the American Folk Art Museum in New York (2001). Their firm was recently selected to design the new museum for the incomparable Barnes Collection, to be built on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.

 

2008-
Jan 22

SOANE AND TURNER: ILLUMINATING
A FRIENDSHIP

by HELEN DOREY


January 22nd - Tuesday, 6pm to 8pm - LECTURE

The Union Club, 101 East 69th Street, New York City – Business Attire required.
This event is presented in cooperation with Yale Center for British Art.

This lecture will be about the relationship between John Soane (1753-1837) and J. M. W. Turner (1775-1851); near contemporaries who became lifelong friends with a shared passion for architecture. Helen’s talk will draw upon her unparalleled knowledge of the history of Soane’s collections and include an account of the large Forum Romanum for Mr. Soane’s Museum, painted for Soane but then, somewhat mysteriously, rejected by him (pictured above). This important painting, on loan from Tate Britain to the Soane Museum in early 2007, was seen for the first time ever in the building for which it was originally destined.

HELEN DOREY is Deputy Director and Inspectress of Sir John Soane’s Museum, London.

ADVANCED RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: Patron tickets at $75 per person; Regular tickets at $30 per person  .  Please call 212-223-2012 or email: chas@soanefoundation.com

Check out the “J.M.W. TURNERexhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC until January 6, 2008; which will travel to the Dallas Museum of Art (February 10 through May 18) and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (June 24 through September 21).

http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/turnerinfo.shtm


2008-
Jan 20

NEW YORK – Exhibition now through 20 January 2008 at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

Piranesi as Designer

This exhibition examines the artist's role in the reform of architecture and design from the 18th century to the present. This is the first museum exhibition to show Piranesi's full range and influence as a designer of architecture, elaborate interiors and exquisite furnishings. On view will be etchings, original drawings and prints by Piranesi, as well as a selection of three-dimensional objects. In addition to his better-known architectural projects, Piranesi also designed fantastic chimneypieces, carriage works, furniture, light fixtures and other decorative pieces. The exhibition is co-curated by Dr. Sarah E. Lawrence, director, Master's Program in the history of decorative arts and design, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, and John Wilton-Ely, professor emeritus, University of Hull.   Please see special museum web site for full details and images on the exhibition http://piranesi.cooperhewitt.org/design

To read a recent New York Times review, check out PDF

Giovanni Battista Piranesi.
An Architectural Fantasy;  
Rome, c.1755;
Pencil, red chalk, brown ink and ink wash  
Adam vol.56/146
On loan for the exhibition by permission of the Trustees of Sir John Soane’s Museum.

Brought back to Britain by James Adam in 1763 this almost abstract fantasy is close in spirit to the Carcieri series of prints. The free use of the media gives a light and shade that suggests the overwhelming scale of Roman architecture.

NOTE:  The SOANE MUSEUM is a lender to the exhibition with 5 items.  Board Member MARITA O’HARE attended one of the opening receptions and reports “…there was a nice section devoted to Soane. It’s a wonderful, not-to-be-missed, show.”

 

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2007- Dec. 4

NEW YORK - Tuesday, 4 December 2007, 6:00pm - LECTURE + BOOK SIGNING

MOVING ROOMS: THE TRADE IN ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGES
By JOHN HARRIS

presented by the ROYAL OAK FOUNDATION with co-sponsors
YALE CENTER FOR BRITISH ART and
SIR JOHN SOANE’S MUSEUM FOUNDATION
at the Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium, 417 East 61st Street.  There will also be a book signing.
Additional funding for this R.O.F. evening has been generously provided by Lewis I. Haber and Carmen Dubroc.

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The Knightsbridge Rooms at Roberson’s London warehouse
 

JOHN HARRIS - Mr. Harris is an independent scholar and worked for the Royal Institute of British Architects for over 30 years.  He now serves as Curator Emeritus of the RIBA’s Drawings Collection. He has published many books on architecture, gardens, and decorative arts, including Carlo Fontana: The Drawings at Windsor Castle (1987), The Palladian Revival: Lord Burlington, His Villa and Garden at Chiswick (1994), Sir William Chambers: Catalogues of Architectural Drawings in the V&A (1996), as well as the popular No Voice from the Hall: Early Memories of a Country House Snooper (1998).  His most recent is Badminton: The Duke of Beaufort his House; and the exhibition catalogue with Robert Hradsky for the Soane exhibition “A Passion for Building: the Amateur Architect in England 1650-1850."

NEW YORK - Reservations are required.  Register online at www.royal-oak.org/lectures
or call Robert Dennis at 212/480-2889, ext. 201. 
Please be sure to identify that you are a supporter of Soane Foundation to get the member rate.

2007- Nov 21

LONDON - THE ANNUAL SOANE LECTURE Wednesday, 21 November 2007, 6:30pm

MOVING ROOMS: THE TRADE IN
ARCHITECTURAL SALVAGES

By JOHN HARRIS

presented by SIR JOHN SOANE’S MUSEUM
at the Royal College of Surgeons,
35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields 

Following there will be by drinks at the Museum

Since at least Tudor times there have been architectural salvages: paneling, chimney pieces, doorways, or any fixtures and fittings might be removed from an old interior to be replaced by more fashionable ones. Not surprisingly, a trade developed and architects, builders, masons and sculptors sought out these salvages. By 1820, there was a growing profession of brokers and dealers in London and a century later antique shops were commonplace throughout England.
           

In England salvages are not only native in origin - as a consequence of the French Revolution a mass of paneling and carved woodwork poured into the London auction rooms, much of it from religious desecrations. However, during the period following the First World War, hundreds of country houses in this country fell to the demolisher’s pickaxes, and this coincided with the fashion for Period Rooms in American museums. It was the age of Moving Rooms.
           

In this lecture, which celebrates the publication of his Moving Rooms: The Trade in Architectural Salvages (Yale University Press), John Harris will not only speak about this phenomenon, but about the hundred thousand salvages bought by William Randolph Hearst for his houses and castles in New York, California, Long Island, and St Donat’s Castle in Wales, and the duplicity of dealers such as Charles Roberson of the Knightsbridge Rooms in the invention of rooms to suit the demands of hungry museum directors.

LONDON - Reservations:  The lecture will be held at the Royal College of Surgeons, 35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London.   Immediately following will be drinks at the Museum.   Tickets cost £10.00 (£5.00 to students) and can be purchased on the door (subject to availability), or booked in advance by completing the form below. Please post your booking slip to Sir John Soane's Museum, 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3BP.  For more information or to be added to the Museum's email mailing list please contact Bethany Kingston on 020 7440 4254. Email: bkingston@soane.org.uk

2007 - Oct. 23

NEW YORK - Tuesday, 23 October 2007, 6:00pm  - LECTURE + BOOK SIGNING

NOBLE HOUSEHOLDS: 18TH CENTURY INVENTORIES OF GREAT ENGLISH HOUSES
by TESSA MURDOCH

presented by the ROYAL OAK FOUNDATION with co-sponsors
THE AMERICAN FRIENDS OF THE ATTINGHAM SUMMER SCHOOL and
SIR JOHN SOANE’S MUSEUM FOUNDATION
at The Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street (between Park and Madison)

One of the most important tools scholars use to document what objects were kept in 18th century English country and town houses are the inventories, often compiled after the owner’s death. These inventories record in astonishing detail and with great immediacy the goods and chattels accumulated, inherited, or acquired for everyday use or enjoyment. They provide tantalizing insights into the taste and lifestyle of leading grandees and the households that supported them—above stairs in the grand entertainment rooms and below in the servants’ areas. For example, kitchen utensils with French names reflect the presence of a French chef and the adoption of French cooking methods while the equipment listed for cleaning reflects the community of stewards and housekeepers. These inventories record the collecting habits of leading 18th-century patrons—furniture, porcelains, silver, and books—and provide an opportunity to compare the arrangements of the interiors of the great town and country houses of the same noble families in different generations. Dr. Tessa Murdoch will lecture about some of inventories of a few houses, including Drayton House in Northamptonshire and the houses owned by the Dukes of Marlborough and Norfolk, and illustrate how the objects they describe reflect their owners’ taste and status.
         

DR. TESSA MURDOCH  -  Dr. Murdoch (University of London) is the Deputy Keeper in the Department of Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass, Victoria and Albert Museum, London. She is the recipient of the 2002 Getty Curatorial Grant for research on English giltwood furniture 1700–1750, and is currently completing a book on the subject. She is the editor of Boughton House: The English Versailles (1992). Her latest editing project, Noble Households: 18th Century Inventories of Great English Houses (2006) is published in memory of the architectural historian John Cornforth. She has also written numerous articles for The Magazine Antiques, The Journal of Decorative Arts, The Burlington Magazine and is a frequent lecturer in Britain and across the United States.

NEW YORK - Reservations are required.  Register online at www.royal-oak.org/lectures or call Robert Dennis at 212/480-2889, ext. 201.   Please be sure to identify that you are a supporter of Soane Foundation to get the member rate.

2007- Aug.9

2007 England to Portugal, A Cruise on Sea Cloud II

Our summer trip (August 9 to 23)
begins in London exploring Soane sites and then embarks from Portsmouth for a sailing cruise on Sea Cloud II exploring ports in England, France, Northern Spain (Bilbao and the Guggenheim; Santiago de Compostela), and ending in Lisbon. We will be joining members of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Trust for Historic Preservation on this trip.
View photos from the trip!

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2007 - Apr 25

Wednesday, 25 April 2007 with MOOD INIGO JONES

Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation Spring Gala, Wednesday April 25, 2007" MOOD INIGO JONES

A Gala Evening with Dinner and Dancing at the Rainbow Room in New York which included an amazing Mini-Masque performance created and orchestrated by Soane Foundation President Chippy Irvine entitled “The Architect's Apotheosis: Presenting the Life of Sir John Soane - In five minutes...”

HONORARY CHAIRS:
Sir David Manning, British Ambassador to the United States, and Lady Manning

INTERNATIONAL CHAIR:
Mrs. Deborah Brice

GALA CO-CHAIRS:
Joseph A. Field
Peter Pennoyer
Mrs. Stanley DeForest Scott
Kathleen E. Springhorn
Paul V. Wiseman

SOANE FOUNDATION HONORS


David Macaulay

Richard H. Driehaus

Our evening celebrated Sir John Soane’s dedication to architectural education by honoring two remarkable individuals who have followed in his foot steps through their outstanding contributions to architectural education today. The first Soane Foundation Honors were presented to:

David Macaulay, a hands-on educator and prolific author/illustrator, is internationally acclaimed for his best selling books and PBS series about architecture and design, including Cathedral, City, Pyramid, Castle, Mosque and The New Way Things Work. Mr. Macaulay has been the recipient of Caldecott Medals and numerous other book awards, and was named a 2006 MacArthur Fellow by the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He is currently working on a book about the human body called The Way We Work to be published in the fall of 2008.

Richard H. Driehaus, philanthropist and investor extraordinaire, is the founder of Driehaus Securities and Driehaus Capital, and, as the architect of growth investing, was named to Barron’s “All Century Team” of the 25 most influential individuals in the Mutual Fund Industry in the past 100 years. Personally and through his Foundation and Charitable Trusts, he underwrites and presents an annual $100,000 Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical Architecture, restores historic landmarks, and is a benefactor to cultural, educational and social causes.

The Directors of Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation would like to recognize the following corporate leaders and supporters of this evening:

Cooper Robertson & Partners
EOS Airlines
Ike Kligerman Barkley Architects
Peter Pennoyer Architects
Taconic Builders
Withers Bergman

THE SOANE FOUNDATION
CONGRATULATES THE WINNER OF THE
TWO-ROUND TRIP TICKETS ON EOS


The Foundation would like to thank EOS Airlines as they have graciously provided two round-trip tickets for the benefit of this evening.

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2007 - Apr 24

Tuesday, 24 April 2007 — 8:30am to 6:30pm – Hudson Valley Day Trip
Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation is pleased to continue providing specialized travel and educational programs in the United States for both professionals and laypersons to explore architecture, the arts, design, and interiors. Complementing our Fall exploration of the upper Hudson Valley houses of Olana, Edgewater and Astor Courts, we will now explore two houses in the lower part of the valley – Boscobel and Kykuit.


 

2007 - Apr 23 Monday, 23 April 2007
a lecture featuring Soane Museum Director Tim Knox
“Regency Rivals? The Collections of Sir John Soane and Lewis Nockalls Cottingham”

Sir John Soane is considered one of the greatest of all British architects and his idiosyncratic house-museum in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London attests to his innovative architectural ideas, mastery of space and light, and collecting prowess. Over his life, Sir John Soane amassed an extraordinary collection of paintings, sculpture, and architectural elements so large that it fills nearly every corner of his home. However, Regency London was home to another great architectural collection, Lewis Nockalls Cottingham’s “Museum of Medieval Art” in Waterloo Bridge Road. Cottingham’s collection, sold in 1851, was rich in specimens of Gothic and early English architecture, and included perhaps the earliest sequence of “period rooms” in any museum. In this lecture, Tim Knox, director of Sir John Soane’s Museum in London, will compare Soane’s surviving collection with the lost one of Cottingham, touching upon other collections formed by architects of the Regency era. He will also consider the question as to why modern visitors can still enjoy the treasury of Soane, that tormented genius of British architecture, while Cottingham’s antiquarian Elysium has passed into almost complete oblivion.

This lecture is presented in cooperation with The Royal Oak Foundation.

2007 - Apr 30 Monday, 30 April to 2 May 2007
for the NEWPORT SYMPOSIUM in Rhode Island
Tim Knox will be a featured speaker with “The Strange Genius of Sir John Soane”
2007 - Mar 12 Monday, 12 March 2007 – 6:30pm
Dr. Gordon Higgott will present two sessions this week on the works of INIGO JONES
Inigo Jones's Queen's House: a Renaissance villa at Greenwich Palace,
1616 to 1640

Click here for more details
2007 - Mar 14 Wednesday, 14 March 2007 – 6:30pm
Dr. Gordon Higgott
Inigo Jones, John Webb, Sir Christopher Wren and the London scenic playhouse, 1630 to 1675
Click here for more details
2007 - Jan 16

January 16th - Tuesday, 6pm to 8pm
LECTURE ( $20 per person / $15 Students and Seniors )

Discontented Classicism: Commerce, Character, and the Career of Sir John Soane
Speaker:  Daniel M. Abramson

Professor Abramson (B.A., Princeton University; M.A. and Ph.D., Harvard University) is Associate Professor in the Department of Art and Art History and Director of Architectural Studies at Tufts University. He is author of "Building the Bank of England: Money, Architecture, Society, 1694-1942" and "Skyscraper Rivals: The AIG Building and the Architecture of Wall Street," in addition to numerous articles and chapters in scholarly publications.  Professor Abramson was also the recipient of the Soane Foundation’s Traveling Fellowship Award in 1997.

LOCATION:
The Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture
18 West 86th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue, New York City
This event is presented by the Bard Graduate Center and the Yale Center for British Art.

2007 - Jan 9

January 9th - Tuesday, 6pm to 8pm
PRIVATE EXHIBITION TOUR & RECEPTION ( $30 per person )

James "Athenian" Stuart, 1713 - 1788, The Rediscovery of Antiquity

LOCATION:
The Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture
18 West 86th Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue, New York City

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2006 Fall Fall 2006 – SOANE SEMINARS Restoration: The Architecture & Interiors of the New Old Buildings
This season we examine historic restoration on the inside and out. We are fortunate that leading practitioners in the field will lead sessions, each discussing a different facet from the perspective of his or her recent work. All sessions will be held on site so that issues and solutions can be reviewed, explored and discussed. Each of the architects will discuss details of history, materials, issues of access, updating of systems, and much more – all working to make these buildings as vibrant and relevant as when they were first conceived. Click for details and photos of the sites explored…
2006 - Oct 21 2006 - HUDSON VALLEY DAY TRIP - Saturday, October 21st, 8am to 8pm Restoration of GREAT HOUSES & BUILDINGS IN THE HUDSON VALLEY
Speakers and Visits: SAMUEL G. WHITE, Platt Byard Dovell White Architects LLP, on Stanford White’s ASTOR COURTS; RICHARD PIEPER, Jan Hird Pokorny Associates, on OLANA; plus a photo-stop to see the new Frank Gehry performing arts building at Bard College, a visit to Richard Jenrette’s EDGEWATER; cocktails at the home of Chippy and Keith Irvine.
2006 - Jun 28 June 28 GALLERY TALK: Joseph Gandy and the Poetical Myths of Architecture, A gallery talk by Brian Lukacher, Professor of the History of Art, Vassar College. Mr. Lukacher is the author of the newly published book, Joseph Gandy: An Architectural Visionary in Georgian England, and curator of the current exhibition at Richard L. Feigen & Co., Joseph Gandy: Visionary Architect.
2006 - Jun 15 June 15 FILM SCREENING: Sir John Soane: An English Architect, An American Legacy. Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation and the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America (ICA&CA) are pleased to present a screening of the Checkerboard Film Foundation’s 2005 film Sir John Soane: An English Architect, An American Legacy. Produced by Edgar B. Howard and directed by Murray Grigor, the film features interviews with Henry N. Cobb, Michael Graves, Richard Meier, Denise Scott Brown, Robert A.M. Stern, and Robert Venturi, who talk about how their work is influenced by the inventive spirit of Sir John Soane. #
2006 - May 14 May 14 to May 21, 2006 – Sweden:
Travel with us for a week of architecture, art and the decorative arts – classical to contemporary – in this land of crystal clear daylight light and beautiful late night sunsets. This special opportunity is reserved for up to 24 or so discerning travelers that are looking for an amazing journey to the capital city and surrounding countryside. PLEASE send us an e-mail or call to let us know if you have an interest early so that we can keep in touch as details and plans develop – no mass mailing will be done on this so it is mostly word of mouth that sells-out our very special trips. Take a look at photos of possible sites to see
2006 - Apr 25 April 25 – Benefit Opening at Richard L. Feigen & Co. of the special exhibition Joseph Gandy: Visionary Architect. More info>
2006 - Mar 1 March 1– Entry deadline for 2006 Fellowship Submissions:
Graduate students and scholars can submit entries for the 2006 Traveling Fellowship Award of $5,000 until March 1, 2006
2006 - Feb 16 February 16 to April 18 THE SOANE SEMINARS:The Regency Moment: Architecture, Urbanism, Interior Design and Furniture During the Time of Sir John Soane
see Soane Seminars page for more information
2005 - Nov. 9
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November 9, 2005 15th Anniversary Gala Dinner in New York
– THE SINGULAR SIR JOHN SOANE:


The singular Sir John shone bright this night as over 300 architects, designers, writers, art collectors, Anglophiles and friends gathered to celebrate not just the man and those he has inspired through his work, but also the amazing legacy he left in the creation of the Museum that bears his name and contains some of the most extraordinary treasures in the city of London. ( click to view this coverage in NewYorkSocialDiary.com )

This 15th Anniversary of Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation was held in the presence of one of England’s most accomplished contemporary designers, Viscount Linley (David A. C. Armstrong Jones). He was joined by her Majesty’s Ambassador to the United States, Sir David Manning, who with his wife, Lady Catherine Manning, served as Honorary Gala Chairs.


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Distinguished guests included Tim Knox, the new Director of Sir John Soane’s Museum in London, and Samuel C. Miller, Cyndy Spurdle, Robert A. Silver and Susan P. Magee, Gala Chair, all of whom are among the original founders of the Foundation. Also with us were Gala Underwriter Anthony Ingrao, Deputy Consul-General John Benjamin, Michael Graves, Richard Driehaus, George McNeely, Robert A. M. Stern, Richard Feigen, Louis Bofferding, Alison Gowman, Alexa Hampton, Matthew Patrick Smyth, Robert Ivy, Melinda Papp, Susan Henshaw Jones, Dale Stott Cunningham, Debby Brice, Britt Tidelius, Jean and Raymond Troubh, Joan K. Davidson, James Druckman, Miguel Flores-Vianna, Mark Gilbertson, Mercedes Mestre and Pedro Bonachea, Jeffrey Simpson, Peter Pennoyer and Katie Rider, Charlotte Moss, Keith Irvine, Mario Buatta, Jan and Marcia Vilcek, Johnnie Moore and Ashton Hawkins, Michael LaRocca, Inge Heckel, Nancy Richardson, Robin Miller, Robert Couturier, Vincente Wolf, to name a few.

2005 - Nov. 9 VISIT: Museum Tower next to MoMA, the Apartment of David Whitney and Philip Johnson. Famed architect and Soane admirer Philip Johnson incorporated into his New York one bedroom pied-a-terre a handkerchief dome and wall articulations for the living room with features and treatments found in Soane's own home. This special visit was organized through the estate of Mr. Whitney, and prior to the evidential sale of the apartment.
2005 - Nov. 2 SCREENING & TALK: Michael Graves talks at the American Institute of Architects - New York Chapter following a private screening on of Checkerboard Film Foundation’s Sir John Soane: An English Architect, An American Legacy. (this event was not done conjunction with SJSMF)
2005 - May 22 to 29
SOANE TRAVELS: Berlin & Potsdam in the company of Schinkel – A trip with the Soane: Our group of travelers spent an extraordinary seven days in one of the most dynamic cities in Europe today, exploring architecture, history, art, landscape design, along with many special visits that had been arranged. Led by Professor Barry Bergdoll, Chairman, Department of Art History, Columbia University, and author of Karl Friedrich Schinkel: An Architecture for Prussia. Some of the many sites to be visited included… BERLIN: Altes Museum, Schauspielhaus, Neue Wache Veterinary School, Friedrich Werdesche Kirche, Schloss Charlottenburg, Schloss Tegel, Pfaueninsel; lunch at Schloss Glienicke or on the canal, Schloss Babelsberg and park; POTSDAM: Sancoucis, Neues Palais, Charlottenhof, Court Gardener’s House, Chinese Tea House, lunch at Drachenhaus, Holländische Viertel, Alexandrovka Russian Colony, Russian Orthodox Church, Pomona Temple, Cecilienhof, Church at Sacrow, Nikolaikirche, Town Hall, Knoblesdorf House; MODERNISM IN BERLIN: Hufeisensiedlung by Bruno Taut, New National Gallery by Mies van der Rohe, Einstein Tower by Erich Mendelsohn, Dutch Embassy by Rem Koolhaas, Jewish Museum by Daniel Libeskind, Sports Complex by Dominque Perrault, Reichstag Dome by Norman Foster, and the new Holocaust Memorial by Peter Eisenman which had just opened the previous week.

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2005 - May 19

NYC - SCREENING: "Sir John Soane: An English Architect, An American Legacy" Premier and gala to benefit the Checkerboard Film Foundation of Checkerboards the new film, produced by Edgar B. Howard, www.checkerboardfilms.org/Films/soane.html (this event was not done conjunction with SJSMF) shows in its examination of the legacy of Sir John Soane (1753-1837), English architect of rare genius whose influence on a generation of America's foremost practitioners is profound, among them many of the giants of modern American architecture, including Henry Cobb, Michael Graves, Philip Johnson, Richard Meier, Robert Stern, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. It is a lyrical and moving homage to Soane's lasting legacy.

Architectural historians Charles Jencks and Christopher Woodward lead a lively tour through the best known of Soane's surviving masterpieces, including his residence museum in London and Dulwich Picture Gallery, and engage in conversation with each of the Americans architects in acknowledging their debt to Soane and the larger lessons they drew from his idiosyncratic reinterpretations of the architecture of antiquity.

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2005 - May 19 LONDON - TALK: A Conversation Lead by Margaret Richardson OBE and Collector Barbara Pine.
2005 - Apr. to Aug.

EXHIBITION: Wright to Gehry: Drawings from the Collection of Barbara Pine. Sir John Soane's Museum holds a new exhibition featuring original works by some of the icons of 20th-century architecture, drawn from one of the world's finest private collections. This exhbition, April 21 to August 27, showcased 60 drawings including works by such luminaries as Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, Richard Meier, Michael Graves, Mario Botta, Alvaro Siza, Louis Kahn and Frank Gehry. This is the collection's first appearance in Europe. Barbara Pine serves as a Director of the Foundation in the USA. The full color exhibition catalogue of the exhibition is available from the Museum Shop.

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2005 - Feb. – Mar. SEMINAR: Soane Seminars II: Soane and the Sublime The winter/spring series of Soane Seminars was held at the Union Club, New York, from February 6 through March 14th. Professor Mary McLeod, Graduate School of Architecture, Columbia University, led the seminars examining two aesthetic theories that were seminal to the development of John Soane's architecture: the sublime and the picturesque. These two theories developed out of interest in "sensationalism: a form of empiricism that considers sensation and sense perceptions as a source of knowledge." Soane was a master of this "sensationalist" architecture. The themes that he explored--the modulation of light, shifting spatial sequences, layering, and fragmentation--continue to inspire contemporary designers. At each of the six seminar meetings Professor McLeod gave a short illustrated lecture and introduced discussion and analysis of texts and topics that included the beginnings of a theory of the sublime; Burke and Boullee; Dance, Soane, and Ruskin; the picturesque and the English landscape; movement and the picturesque, Kames and Adam; fragmentation and the picturesque, Soane.
2005 - Jan. 11 LECTURE: Berlin and Potsdam in the Time of Soane: Gilly and Schinkel’s Classicism for Kings and Citizens. This illustrated lecture by Professor Barry Bergdoll, Chairman of the Department of Art History, Columbia University, was offered as an educational program for the general public and as a preview for those joining the Foundation’s trip to Berlin andPotsdam scheduled for May 22 to 29, 2005.
2004 - Dec. 1 LECTURE: Bob the Roman, gallery talk and viewing of the exhibition of Robert Adam drawings on loan from Sir John Soane’s Museum to the New York School of Interior Design. The lecture and guided viewing of specific drawings throughout the gallery were presented by Stephen Astley, Assistant Curator, Drawings, Sir John Soane’s Museum. Hosted by the New York School of Interior Design in association with Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation.
2004 - Sept. 29 EXHIBITION: Bob the Roman: Heroic Antiquity & the Architecture of Robert Adam. This evening, organized in association with the New York School of Interior Design, included an illustrated lecture by guest curator Alistair Rowan followed by a private viewing and reception for the exhibition of seventy 18th century drawings on loan to NYSID from Sir John Soane’s Museum and a private collection. After the reception Soane Foundation guests attended a dinner to benefit the Soane Museum Model Room. The dinner was held at the Union Club. Special guests included Mr. and Mrs. Rowan and Soane Museum staff members Margaret Richardson, Mike Nicholson, and Stephen Astley.
2004 - Sept. 18 - 25 SOANE TRAVELS: Vicenza, Padova and Venezia: Architecture in Palladio’s Homeland. The group of 19 Soane Foundation travelers visited Palladian villas and sites in Venice and the Veneto inspirational to Soane. The tour was organized by A Private View of Italy and guided by art historians Wilma Barbieri and Bruna Caruso Cherubini, as well as the private owners of villas and palazzi. Distinguished hosts included Conte Clemente de Thiene, Conte Jacopo Marcello, Conte Giordano Emo Capodilista, Contessa Marina Emo Capodilista, Barone Lorenzo Rubin de Cervin Albrizzi, and Donatella Asta. Travelers enjoyed many beautiful meals of regional food and wine with their hosts set in frescoed interiors of Palladian villas or al fresco in enchanting gardens. They sampled five wines produced on the estate at Villa Capodilista in Montecchia. A stormy night dramatically heightened the experience of a private evening visit to see the interior of the Basilica di San Marco slowly illuminated. Dinner at the elegant Palazzo Mocenigo, once the residence of Lord Byron, provided a stunning finale.
2004 - May 17 LECTURE: The Perfect Houses of Andrea Palladio, an illustrated lecture by Withold Rybczynski, Meyerson Professor of Urbanism, University of Pennsylvania. This lecture, drawn from Professor Rybczynski’s study-in-residence of Palladian villas in preparation for his book, The Perfect House: A Journey with Renaissance Master Andrea Palladio, was presented, in part, as a preview of the foundation’s trip to the Veneto in September. This event was organized in association with and held at the New York School of Interior Design.
2004 - April 21 SCREENING: Soane at the Movies, “Entertaining Mr. Soane,” a new one-hour BBC Film on Soane with commentary by contemporary architects and artists was presented in association with the New York School of Interior Design. The film was followed by a reception and private viewing of NYSID’s exhibition, Albert Hadley: Drawings and the Design Process.
2004 - April 8 VISIT: Private Tour of “The Devonshire Inheritance: Five Centuries of Collecting at Chatsworth” This guided tour of the exhibition on loan to the Bard Graduate Center was organized in association with the American Friends of the Attingham Summer School and Bard. The exhibition presented a rare opportunity to see great works of art, including cabinet paintings, old master and architectural drawings, masterpieces in gold and silver, porcelains, clocks, gems, and jewelry, natural curiosities, scientific instruments and mechanical devices, early photographs and books and manuscripts from one the greatest private libraries in the world. Comprising more than 200 works of art, the exhibition featured the family’s private collection, which is seldom on view to the public.
2004 - March 30 LECTURE: Architects, Aristocrats and Aesthetes: The Influence of Patrons and Collectors on the Decorative Arts. Using as a starting point the revival of Palladian architecture in the 1720s, decorative arts historian Laura Microulis presented an illustrated lecture on the roles of the patron and collector in the development of the decorative arts by examining specific aspects of English country-house furniture and interiors. She considered the significance of architect-designed interiors, impact of the Grand Tour, changing fashions of collecting, and formation of the country-house museum. The lecture and reception following were organized in association with and held at the Bard Graduate Center.
2004 - Jan. - Mar. SEMINAR: The Soane Seminars: Architectural Theory in the Time of Sir John Soane (1753-1837) – Part Two: John Soane: Classicism in an Age of Eclecticism, 1800-1850. The second series of the Soane Seminars took place at the Union Club, New York, on Mondays at 5.30 p.m. from January 26 to March 8 , 2004 Professor Barry Bergdoll led the group in an investigation of Soane’s influence on the architectural world and an examination of his contributions thereto, in the light of subsequent architectural theorists such as Pugin and Ruskin. Readings included Soane’s own lectures at the Royal Academy. Other details are as those of previous Soane Seminars below.
2004 - Jan. 13 VISIT: Big & Green: Toward Sustainable Architecture in the 21st Century , Museum of the City of New York. Susan Henshaw Jones, Museum Director and President, who organized the exhibition, welcomed guests and Thomas Mellins, Curator, gave a guided tour of the exhibition. Following the tour, guests were invited to join co-hosts Stephanie Stokes and Kathleen Springhorn for a reception at the Stokes residence.
2003 - Dec. 4 RECEPTION: Bringing Home the Grand Tour. Florian Papp gallery hosted this reception and special viewing of their enchanting exhibition of European watercolor drawings of architecture, gardens, and interiors, 1750-1900. The event was organized by Melinda Papp for friends of the Soane Foundation and the Attingham Summer School and their guests.
2003 - Nov. 19 RECEPTION: A Festive Cocktail Party at Frost and Reed Fine Art. Directors and their guests enjoyed this opportunity to introduce new friends to the Foundation and to visit the newly opened New York space of this London gallery, which was featuring paintings by Suzanne Valadon. The event was organized by Susan Bishopric at the suggestion of Wendy Moonan.
2003 - Oct. 29 SCHOLAR'S LECTURE: Soane and the Sacred Grove, an illustrated lecture by Edward Wendt, winner of Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation’s Travel Fellowship 2002, was the seventh in a continuing series of annual lectures by fellowship recipients. Wendy Moonan, President of Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation, introduced the speaker. The lecture was held at the New York School of Interior Design, the co-sponsor of the event. Guests were welcomed by Inge Heckel, President of NYSID. A reception and private viewing of the exhibition The American Frame: From Origin to Originality followed the lecture.
2003 - Oct. - Nov. SEMINAR: The Soane Seminars: Architectural Theory in the Time of Sir John Soane (1753-1837) , Part One—John Soane from Enlightenment to Shadows: The Impact of French Rationalism and Sensationalism and of English Picturesque Theory (1750-1800), a series of seminars coordinated by foundation director Suzanne Stephens, with preceptor Barry Bergdoll, Professor of Art History at Columbia University and author of Karl Friedrich Schinkel: An Architecture for Prussia and European Architecture, 1750-1890. The six weekly seminars, to be followed by a second series early in 2004, were held at the Union Club, New York, 5.30-7.30 p.m. on Thursdays between October 2 and November 6. The autumn seminars cover the period 1750-1800, the topics for discussion being The French Rationalist Tradition, The Rise of an Historical Frame for Architectural Thought, Theories of Imitation and Invention, The Idea of Character and the Tradition of Rhetoric, Theories of Sensation, and The Sublime and the Picturesque. As an astute reader of architectural and aesthetic theory, John Soane accumulated an extensive library, which he used to explore the seminal literature of his time. In keeping with his desire to create “an academy for the study of architecture,” the Soane Seminars encourage students to delve into the key texts that influenced Soane’s thought. The investigation allows participants to acquire grounding in landmark works of eighteenth and early nineteenth century architectural theory and to reflect on the role that these theories played in Soane’s thinking. The seminars are arranged thematically and chronologically and, following his short illustrated lecture on the topic under consideration at the beginning of each session, Prof. Bergdoll directs the discussion and analysis of the various texts which students have studied before each meeting.
2003 - Sept. 14 to 21 SOANE TRAVELS: To Russia with Soane – a trip to St. Petersburg. To celebrate John Soane’s 250th birthday and St. Petersburg’s 300th, a trip was arranged to enjoy cultural events and visit places of architectural and historic interest, including the Hermitage, with Quarenghi’s Theatre, Malachite Room, and the Gold Storage Room, St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the Tsar’s Village and Pavlosk Palace, Chesma Church, Paul’s Palace Catherine’s Palace, Amber Room, Cameron Galleries, Baths, Agate Rooms, Marble Bridge, Chinese village and Alexander’s Palace, attending a Gala Dinner at the Cameron Gallery. The group also visited Menshikov Palace, Peter and Paul Fortress and Cathedral, Yusupov Palace, Spiridonov Palace (where a second Gala Dinner was held), and during a day in the country saw the Road Palace of Peter 1, Cottage Palace Peterhoff, Grand Palace Grand Cascade, Monplaisir Palace, and Marly Palace.
2003 - June 26 RECEPTION: White Nights Cocktails, a champagne reception held at A La Vieille Russie, New York, in celebration of the 300th birthday of St. Petersburg and the Soane Foundation’s trip there in September.
2003 - April 23 LECTURE & DINNER: Model Mania 3: Architectural Models and the Creative Process, an illustrated lecture at the Century Association, New York, by Frank O. Gehry. Just prior to the opening of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Mr. Gehry discussed how has used various architectural modeling techniques to design this and other award-winning buildings. The lecture was followed by a reception, and a benefit dinner with Mr. Gehry.
2003 - Feb. 19 VISIT: Model Mania 2: An Evening Tour of 21st Century Architectural Models. The participants of this highly-praised event gathered at 5.30 p.m. at the offices of Skidmore Owings & Merrill and were welcomed by Peter Ruggiero, who showed the group a display of models, followed by a visit to the model shop. Participants then went by coach to the offices of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates, where a tour of the offices and models was led by Thomas Levering. On the final visit of the evening, Robert A. M. Stern architects, Robert Stern welcomed the group warmly and gave a short slide presentation with particular reference to Soane’s work. The group viewed the Stern models collection, toured the models shop, with staff present to answer questions, and enjoyed elegant hot refreshments to close the evening.
2003 - Spring SEMINAR: The Soane Seminars: Architectural Theory in the Time of Sir John Soane (1753-1837) – Part Two: John Soane: Classicism in an Age of Eclecticism, 1800-1850. The second series of the Soane Seminars took place at the Union Club, New York, on Thursdays at 4.30 p.m. from February 6 to March 13 , 2003. Professor Barry Bergdoll led the group in an investigation of Soane’s influence on the architectural world and an examination of his contributions thereto, in the light of subsequent architectural theorists such as Pugin, Ruskin, Viollet-le-Duc. Readings included Soane’s own lectures at the Royal Academy. Other details are as those of the Fall Soane Seminars below.
2002 - Oct. 16 LECTURE: Wrenaissance: Sir Christopher Wren’s Legacy in North America, an illustrated lecture by Richard Guy Wilson of the University of Virginia, which was held at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, Amsterdam Avenue, New York. The lecture was preceded by a reception and the showing of a video on the restoration work currently underway at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, introduced by Canon Philip Buckler of the Chapter of St. Paul’s Cathedral. The event offered an opportunity to discover more about the genius of Sir Christopher Wren and its influence on American architecture. The lecture was co-sponsored by St. Paul’s Cathedral Foundation and the Institute of Classical Architecture.
2002 - Fall SEMINAR: The Soane Seminars: Architectural Theory in the Time of Sir John Soane (1753-1837) - Part One: John Soane from Enlightenment to Shadows: the Impact of French Rationalism and Sensationalism and of English Picturesque Theory, a series of seminars co-ordinated by foundation director Suzanne Stephens, with preceptor Barry Bergdoll, Professor of Art History at Columbia University and author of Karl Friedrich Schinkel, an Architecture for Prussia and European Architecture, 1750-1890. The six weekly seminars, to be followed by a second series in February and March, 2003, were held at the Union Club, New York, 4.30-6.30 p.m. on Thursdays between October 3 and November 7. The Autumn seminars, cover the period 1750-1800, the topics under discussion being The French Rationalist Tradition, The Rise of an Historical Frame for Architectural Thought, Theories of Imitation and Invention, The Idea of Character and the Tradition of Rhetoric, Theories of Sensation, and The Sublime and the Picturesque. As an astute reader of architectural and aesthetic theory, John Soane accumulated an extensive library, which he used to explore the seminal literature of his time. In keeping with his desire to create “an academy for the study of architecture”, the Soane Seminars encourage students to delve into the key texts that influenced Soane’s thought. The investigation allows participants to acquire a grounding in landmark works of eighteenth and early nineteenth century architectural theory and to reflect on the role that these theories played in Soane’s thinking. The seminars are arranged thematically and chronologically and, following his short illustrated lecture on the topic under consideration at the beginning of each session, Prof. Bergdoll directs the discussion and analysis of the various texts which students have studied before each meeting.
2002 - June 18 LECTURE: Model Mania 1: John Soane’s Collection of Architectural Models, an illustrated lecture by Margaret Richardson, Curator of Sir John Soane’s Museum. Soane believed in architectural models and strongly advocated their use at a time when this long-established practice was in decline. Models from his own projects, as well as those by other architects and model-makers, were carefully arranged to produce striking architectural effects in every room of his house. Mrs. Richardson discussed the development of this collection of over one hundred models, which includes cork models of Roman buildings by artist-model makers such as Giovanni Altieri, as well as exquisite plaster-of-Paris models by Francois Fouquet. The lecture, first in a series based on the theme of models, followed a reception at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, co-sponsor of the event. At the conclusion of the lecture, the directors of Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation held a dinner for 40 guests and supporters at nearby Bid Restaurant in honor of Mrs. Richardson.
2002 - May 24 to 27 SOANE TRAVELS: Town and Country Soane and Adam, A trip to England, in part to reunite those who had met on the 2001 trip to Rome, Naples and Florida. Highlights included visits to the Bank of England, buildings on London’s South Bank including the Tate Modern and the Globe Theatre and Southwark Cathedral, the Houses of Parliament with Lord Redesdale, and Syon House and Osterley Park (with Stephen Astley, Curator of Drawings at Sir John Soane’s Museum), both wonderful examples of the art of Robert Adam. Sunday was properly spent in the country, visiting two splendid Soane buildings, currently under restoration – Moggerhanger House in Bedfordshire and Tyringham House in Buckinghamshire. The group dined at Brook’s Club, in a beautiful Adam room at Home House in Portland Square and the long weekend culminated in a candlelight dinner at Sir John Soane’s Museum, with the Curator, Margaret Richardson, several of the museum’s experts and invited guests.
2002 - May 4 TOUR: Neoclassical Harlem - A trip uptown to Harlem with architectural historian Michael Henry Adams, to see landmark buildings. Highlights included Hamilton Grange, Hamilton Terrace, the Morris Jumel Mansion and Strivers Row. The first stop was to sample Miss Maude’s Southern Cuisine at Spoonbread Too and, following tea and champagne at a private residence, half the group went on to dine at Sugar Hill Bistro and rounded the day out with jazz at St. Nick’s Pub.
2002 - April 17 SCHOLAR'S LECTURE: The Soanean Touch: Light, Color and Arrangement in Sir John Soane’s Museum – some Inspirations and Legacies, a free illustrated public lecture by Thomas Jayne, described as the “ardent young designer with an encyclopedic knowledge of Anglo-American decoration.” The speaker was introduced by Peter Pennoyer of Peter Pennoyer Architects, a director of Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation. The lecture was held at the New York School of Interior Design, who was co-sponsor of the event. Guests were welcomed by Inge Heckel, President of NYSID. The lecture was preceded by a reception and a private viewing in the Gallery of Tree of Life, an exhibition of antique and contemporary textiles. This lecture replaced the Sixth Annual Scholar’s Lecture, to have been given by the 2002 Fellowship Award winner, the late Mary McAuliffe (Columbia University).
2001 - Nov. 27 LECTURE: The Genius of Robert Adam: His Interiors, an illustrated lecture, followed by a reception and book signing, with Dr. Eileen Harris, author of a book by the same name (published by Yale University Press, 2001). Eileen Harris is an architectural historian and Honorary Librarian and Consultant to the Adam Project at Sir John Soane’s Museum in London. Robert Adam (1728-1792) was one of the leading British architects, decorators and furnishings designers of the late eighteenth century, with a stylistic influence so great that his name has become a household word. Yet, Dr, Harris showed, it is the original synthesis of architecture, planning and decoration that truly defines his achievement and only by considering all of these elements together can the amazing breadth of his genius be fully appreciated.
2001 - Nov. 6 VISIT: William Beckford, 1760-1844: An Eye for the Magnificent, a private tour of the exhibition at the Bard Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture, New York, with project organizer Derek E. Ostergard, Founding Dean of the Bard Graduate Center. This, the first major exhibition on the life of William Beckford, the preeminent connoisseur of his time and one of the most influential collectors of the past 200 years of European and Asian art, brought together 175 extraordinary works of art spanning three centuries: paintings, drawings, engravings, lithographs, European and Chinese silver and porcelain, Japanese lacquer and English, French and Italian furniture, drawn from private collections and from prestigious American and British institutions. A private reception followed the tour.
2001 - Nov. 2 to 5 SOANE TRAVELS USA: The Best of Savannah, Georgia, a trip to the Savannah of architect William Jay (1792-1837), co-sponsored by Sotheby’s Institute of Art and accompanied by foundation director J. Thomas Savage, Jr., Director of Sotheby’s Institute of Art. The group visited Savannah’s most important houses, plantations and architectural landmarks, including the William Scarborough House (now housing the Ships of the Sea Museum), the Richardson-Owens-Thomas House, finished by Jay in 1819 and his most intact Savannah building, the Telfair Academy and the Andrew Low House. Also on the tour was a visit to the John Mark Verdier House in Beaufort, South Carolina and an informal lowcountry dinner outdoors. Plantations visited included Auldbrass Plantation, Yemassee, SC, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1939 and purchased in 1987 by motion picture producer, Joel Silver, and the Ford Plantation, Richmond Hill, GA, a winter retreat of Henry and Clare Ford, which is today a private equity membership sporting community and the site of sensitive development under the architectural supervision of foundation director Donald Rattner, who guided the group through the house and part of the 1,800 acre plantation and its 4 miles of footage on the historic Ogeechee River.
2001 - Oct. 17 LECTURE: Fabric Fantasies: the Whole Nine Yards, an illustrated lecture by Murray B. Douglas, Vice President of Brunschwig & Fils and a director of Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation. The lecture, which was followed by a reception, was held in the showrooms of Brunschwig & Fils in the D & D building in New York. Mrs. Douglas’s lavishly illustrated talk gave a brief history of the company’s roots in France and compared antique fabrics, and the decorative uses to which they were originally put, with the treatments of their reproductions by today’s designers.
2001 - May 5 to 17 SOANE TRAVELS: Italy, In the Footsteps of Soane, a lavishly praised trip to Rome, Naples and Sicily. The group followed in Soane’s footsteps through Italy, on an itinerary researched and arranged, in conjunction with the foundation, by A Private View Italy. The group visited temples, basilicas, villas, palazzos and other places, the highlights of which included a private tour of the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel, Hadrian’s Villa, Villa d’Este, Villa Madama, Villa Lante and Casino dell’Aurora Pallavicini in the Rome area. Near Naples they visited Cuma, Villa Imperiale, Piscina Mirabile, Museo Archeologico, Museo di Capodimonte, Pompeii and Paestum. They sailed overnight to Sicily and there visited Cappella Palatina, Villa Palagonia, Segesta, Motya, Selinunte (where they were able to climb up scaffolding to the top of a temple under repair), toured Siricusa and had a memorable lunch on the River Ciane. The tour included many other temples and churches. They had drinks, dined or lunched with their hosts at Palazzo Massimo alle Colonne, Palazzo Massimo di Pirro, Palazzo Patrizi, Villa Trentaremi, Villa Il Pizzo, Palazzo Donn’Anna, Palazzo Cellammare, Villa Spedalotto, Palazzo Lanza Tomasi, Palazzo Ajutamicristo, Palazzo Beneventano and Palazzo Biscari.
2001 - April 25 SCHOLAR'S LECTURE: Architecture as Text or Map? Donald M. Rattner, Honorary Chairman; Christopher Drew Armstrong, Speaker (Columbia University)
2001 - March 20 LECTURE: The Grand Tour: Italy in the Footsteps of Soane, illustrated talks by Olivier Bernier, renowned expert on the eighteenth century, and Prof. Barry Bergdoll, of the Art History Department of Columbia University. Olivier Bernier discussed what a young eighteenth century European man would see and encounter on the Grand Tour in Rome and Naples, from crowned heads to carriage drivers. Prof. Bergdoll enlarged upon those things that Sir John Soane is known to have seen in Italy between 1778 and 1780. The lectures were held at the Union Club and followed by a reception for all attendees. A fund-raising dinner for 60 people was held after the reception.
2001 - Jan. 31 LECTURE: Sir William Beckford, Sir John Soane and the Grand Tour, an illustrated lecture co-sponsored by the International Beckford Society, given by Christopher Woodward, former Assistant Curator (Education) at Sir John Soane’s Museum, and currently Director of the Holburne Museum of Art in Bath, England. The speaker compared and contrasted the attitudes of two very different Englishmen towards the Grand Tour and what they both brought back to England (literally and metaphorically) from their experiences in Italy. The lecture was held at the Grolier Club and followed by a reception.
2000 - Nov. 9 LECTURE: Robert Adam’s Instruments for Catherine the Great, an illustrated lecture (with a little music) at the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, by Professor Laurance Libin, Research Curator in the Department of Musical Instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Prof. Libin recently identified, from Adam drawings at Sir John Soane’s Museum in London, the piano designed by Robert Adam for Catherine the Great. The ornate square piano was previously believed lost or perhaps never made, and yet survived unrecognized at Pavlosk Palace until identified by Libin in 1999.
2000 - Nov. 1 LECTURE: Rome, Soane et Lumiere, an illustrated lecture at the Union Club given by John Saladino, foundation director and President of the Saladino Group, on the influence upon him of visits to Italy, and how and why the Grand Tour to Italy over two hundred years ago influenced Sir John Soane’s work so strongly.
2000 - Sept. 26 LECTURE: A New Look at Soane’s Country Houses, an illustrated lecture, co-sponsored by Sotheby’s Institute of Art. Young British architect and author, Ptolemy Dean, who is a fellow of Sir John Soane’s Museum, spoke on Soane’s country houses, all of which he visited and recorded in his sketch books, and brought together in his remarkable book “Sir John Soane and the Country Estate”. The lecture was preceded by a reception and booksigning.
2000 - Sept. 24 VISIT: Robin Hill, A Private Luncheon, a visit from New York to John Saladino’s house, Robin Hill in Norfolk, CT. Guests were welcomed to Robin Hill with champagne cocktails and a tour of the magnificent house, whose enfilade runs from the drawing room, through the octagonal entrance hall to the breakfast room, drawing the eye to the octagonal silver and cobalt-blue glass lantern hanging above the breakfast table. Luncheon was followed by a walk around the grounds, which include the “Appian Way”, a 200 foot long new/ancient street.
2000 - May 19 to 23 SOANE TRAVELS: Adam Buildings in Scotland and England, a trip to the UK to visit Adam buildings, culminating in Adam in Scotland, an illustrated lecture at Home House in London by Ian Gow, Curator of the National Trust for Scotland, followed by a candlelight dinner at Sir John Soane’s Museum, hosted by Curator Margaret Richardson. The Scottish part of the tour included Culzean Castle on the coast of Ayrshire, where General Eisenhower was a frequent visitor, a day visiting houses in and around Edinburgh, William Adam’s The Drum, dinner at Blair Adam House, still the home of the Adam family and Mellerstain Hall and its magnificent Library. South of the Border the group toured Kedleston Hall in Derbyshire, dining with Sir Reresby and Lady Sitwell at nearby Renishaw Hall, and touring the lovely house and gardens.
2000 - April 8 SOANE TRAVELS USA: Trip to Philadelphia to see The Splendor of 18th-Century Rome at the Philadelphia Museum of Art with co-curator Joe Rishel. Most members went by coach from New York. Lunch was from the Artist’s Table buffet in a private room at the Museum and was followed by a visit to Mount Pleasant in Fairmount Park, a house owned and furnished by the Museum. On the way back to New York a tour of Andalusia, the Biddle house on the Delaware River, was followed by a reception and a short talk from James Biddle.

SCHOLAR’S LECTURES

These lectures, followed by an informal Reception, are presented without charge to interested members of the public, and are given by the recipients of the annual Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation Fellowship.

2003 - Oct. 2003 Soane and the Sacred Grove
Inge Heckel, Honorary Chairman
Edward Wendt, Speaker (Adjunct Professor, Pratt Institute)
2002 - April 17 The Soanean Touch: Light, Color and Arrangement in Sir John Soane’s Museum – Some Inspirations and Legacies
Peter Pennoyer, Honorary Chairman
Thomas Jayne, Speaker, who took the place of the late Mary McAuliffe, winner of the Fellowship Award for 2000
2001 - April 25 Architecture as Text or Map?
Donald M. Rattner, Honorary Chairman
Christopher Drew Armstrong, Speaker (Columbia University)
2000 - Jan. 26 Masonic Imagination in the Architecture of Joseph Michael Gandy and Sir John Soane
Donald M. Rattner, Honorary Chairman
Terrance Galvin, Speaker (University of Pennsylvania)

For more information on any of these events or other items of interest, please contact
info@soanefoundation.com or call 212-223-2012.

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