News in the Field: 2013


Compagnia San Paolo Gives 2.7 Million Euros for Restoration of Guarini’s SS. Sindone

  • The Compagnia San Paolo has given 2.7 million euros to aid in funding the restoration of Guarino Guarini’s SS. Sindone, which was severely damaged by fire in 1997.  The restoration will be complete in 2015.  For more details, click here.

Getty Conservation Institute and World Monuments Fund Collaborate on New Software to Preserve Cultural Heritage Sites

  • The Getty Conservation Institute and World Monuments Fund have collaborated to produce Arches, a new software that aids in the management and inventories of cultural heritage sites.  Arches also gathers, makes newly accessible, and preserves essential information about cultural heritage.  For more details, click here.

Victoria & Albert Museum Launches Appeal to Purchase Important Château de Juvisy Painting

  • As the reopening of its Europe 1600-1800 galleries approaches, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London has launched an appeal for funds to aid in the purchase of the seventeenth-century Château de Juvisy, one of the few surviving paintings of a seventeenth-century French château and its gardens.  The painting is by Pierre-Denis Martin, court painter to Louis XIV.  For more details, click here.


Reopening of Restored Kenwood House

  • Closed since March 2012, Robert Adam’s eighteenth-century Kenwood House was reopened on 28 November.  Restoration includes the return of Adam’s library to its original state as well as the refurbishment of three other Adam rooms.  For more details, click here.

Sale of Christopher Wren’s Home

  • For the first time in more than 300 years, the house where Christopher Wren lived at Hampton Court is for sale.  For more details, click here.

Dior to Fund Restoration of Queen’s House at Versailles

  • The fashion house Dior will sponsor the restoration of the eighteenth-century Queen’s House, the rustic retreat of Marie Antoinette, at Versailles.  For more details, click here.


Obituary of Charles McKean, Leading Authority on Scottish Architectural History

  • Charles McKean, professor of architectural history at Dundee University and a leading authority on Scottish architecture, passed away in late September.  For his obituary, click here.

Discovery of Seventeenth-Century Ceiling Paintings at Amsterdam’s Trippenhuis

  • Seventeenth-century ceiling paintings have been discovered behind nineteenth-century plasterwork at the Trippenhuis in Amsterdam.  For photographs and an editorial on whether these paintings should be exposed, click here.

Restoration Update on Guarino Guarini’s SS. Sindone in Turin

  • The Direzione Regionale per i Beni Culturali e Paesaggistici del Piemonte has released details about the progress in restoring Guarino Guarini’s SS. Sindone after its severe damage by fire.  For a summary of current status and future projects of the restoration, as well as links to video and text of the press release, click here.


RIBA Awards Royal Gold Medal to Joseph Rykwert

  • The Royal Institute of British Architects has awarded its highest honor, the Royal Gold Medal, to Joseph Rykwert for 2014.  Click here for the full story.

Painshill’s 18th-Century Crystal Grotto Re-opened

  • After a year of restoration, the crystal grotto of the eighteenth-century Painshill Park in England has been re-opened.  Click here for the full story.


Part of Vasari Corridor Roof Collapses in Florence

  • Tiles and plaster fell from the roof of Florence’s Vasari Corridor on 16 August and restoration work has begun.  Click here for the full story.

Seaton Delaval Receives Grant to Repair Central Hall

  • Seaton Delaval, an early eighteenth-century house by Sir John Vanbrugh, has received nearly half a million pounds to restore its central hall that is at risk of being condemned.  Click here for the full story.


Fire Severely Damages Le Vau’s Hôtel Lambert

Stourhead Receives £260,000 to Renovate Pantheon

  • Stourhead, the mid-eighteenth-century English landscape garden designed by Henry Hoare, has received a grant to repair and refurbish its well-known Pantheon.  Click here for the full story.

“Lost Treasures of Stowe” Project

  • The preservation trust responsible for Stowe, the early eighteenth-century house and estate designed by James Gibbs, William Kent, Sir John Vanbrugh and others, has launched a project with World Monuments Fund Britain to find the furniture and objects formerly inside the house.  Click here for the full story.


Mark Girouard, Architectural Historian

  • A professional profile and discussion of his involvement in preservation within the Spitalfields area of London.  Click here for the full story.

New World Heritage Sites Added to UNESCO List

  • A list of the sites added at at UNESCO’s 2013 annual meeting.  The early modern sites are:  Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, Kassel, Germany; Medici Villas and Gardens, Tuscany, Italy; Red Bay Basque Whaling Station, Canada; University of Coimbra, Portugal; Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region, Poland and Ukraine.  There was also an extension of the previously listed Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines in Poland.  Further photographs and news are available at the link to each site.  Click here for the full story.