News in the Field: 2014


Plan by George III for Monumental Building Discovered at the British Library

  • A sketch plan by George III for an unidentified monumental building has been discovered inside a volume on the Palaces of Hanover (Germany) at the British Library.  For more details, click here.

Louvre Initiates Donation Campaign to Purchase Unique Teschen Table

  • The Louvre has initiated a donation campaign to purchase the late 18th-century German Teschen Table by Johann Christian Neuber; the table is filled with precious stones from Saxony.  For more details, click here.

Obituary of Juergen Schulz

  • Juergen Schulz, a distinguished architectural historian of medieval and Renaissance Venice at first the University of Berkeley and then Brown University, passed away in late November.  For more details, click here.


Robot Used to Guide Visitors at Guarini’s Castello di Racconigi

  • As an experiment, a robot now stands within the Salone d’Ercole of Guarino Guarini’s late seventeenth-century Castello di Racconigi and displays images of closed wings as well as other heritage sites.  For more details, click here.

Cumberland Art Gallery Opens at Hampton Court in Rooms by William Kent

  • Rooms designed by William Kent for the youngest son of George II (William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland) have recently been restored to house artworks from the Royal Collection.  For the press release, click here, and for the gallery itself, click here.

Reopening of Cast Courts at the Victoria & Albert Museum

  • Two V&A galleries containing nineteenth-century plaster casts of sculptural and architectural elements from across Europe have been reinstalled according to their 1873 organization.  For more details, click here.


Review of the Reconstructed German Schloss Herrenhausen

  • Architect Deborah Brinkschulte describes and illustrates the recently reconstructed 17th-century German Schloss Herrenhausen (2009-13) and its grounds.  For more details, click here.

Review of the Recently Restored Crypt of Hawksmoor’s Christ Church, Spitalfields 

  • The crypt of Nicholas Hawksmoor’s early eighteenth-century Christ Church, Spitalfields has recently been emptied and restored.  For a review and numerous photographs, click here.


Eighteenth-Century Cavallerizza Reale in Turin Heavily Damaged by Fire

  • The Cavallerizza Reale (riding grounds) in Turin, designed by Benedetto Alfieri in 1740-41, was heavily damaged in a nighttime fire.  For more details, click here.

Pamela O. Long Awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship

  • Pamela O. Long, an independent historian of science and technology who has explored the cultural contexts of technologies and crafts (including architectural intersections), has been appointed a MacArthur Fellow for 2014-15.  For more details, click here.

Early Nineteenth-Century Anti-Redcoat Fortifications Excavated in New York City

  • Remains of fortifications constructed as defense against the British Redcoats during the War of 1812 have been discovered in New York City’s Central Park.  For more details, click here.


Lighthouse/Beach Hut Hybrid in Folkestone Designed as an Echo of Nicholas Hawksmoor’s Designs

  • London artist Pablo Bronstein has designed a lighthouse/beach hut hybrid in Folkestone, England that incorporates the exaggerated architectural details of Nicholas Hawksmoor’s buildings.  For more details, click here.

Discovery and Upcoming Auction of a Desk by the French André-Charles Boulle

  • Koller Auctions (Zurich, Switzerland) have announced the discovery of a previously unknown desk by André-Charles Boulle.  The desk will appear at their auction on 18 September, marking the first time in nearly a decade that a Boulle desk has been on offer.  For more details, click here.


Controversy Surrounds Recent Italian Practice of Engaging Corporate Sponsors to Fund Monument Repair

  • An overview of the controversy surrounding the recent Italian practice of engaging corporate sponsors to repair iconic buildings.  For more details, click here.

Kitchen Garden at Hampton Court Palace Opened to the Public

  • Historic Royal Palaces has restored the kitchen garden at Hampton Court to its eighteenth-century appearance and opened the garden to visitors in June.  For more details, click here.


Fendi Funds Restoration of the Trevi Fountain

  • From 5 June 2014 to the autumn of 2015, restoration work on the Trevi Fountain will be carried out with the financial support of Fendi.  For more details, click here.

Auction of Furnishings of the Irish Bantry House in October 2014

  • Lyon & Turnbull will sell the contents of the renowned eighteenth-century Bantry House in Ireland on 21 October 2014.  For more details, click here.

Obituary of Andreas Tönnesmann

  • Andreas Tönnesmann, a renowned architectural historian at the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland, passed away on 23 May after a long illness.  For more details, click here.


Restoration of the 18th-Century Golden Room in the Mauritshuis

  • The 18th-century Golden Room, containing paintings by the Italian Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini, of the Mauritshuis (the Hague, Netherlands) has now been fully restored and reopened.  For more details, click here.

Restoration of the 18th-Century Palais Rechberg in Zurich

  • The Palais Rechberg, erected by one of the leading families in Zurich during the mid-eighteenth century, has recently been restored to its original design.  For more details, click here.

Detailed Report on the Restoration of the 18th-Century Wilanów Palace in Poland

  • From 2007-2009, Poland, Iceland, and Norway collaborated to restore the royal Wilanów Palace outside of Warsaw for the first time in 40 years.  A movie summarizing the issues confronted, the archaeological and conservation discoveries, and the virtual reconstructions is available here.


Reopening of Verona’s Renaissance Palazzo della Ragione as a Modern Art Gallery

  • After extensive renovations, the Palazzo della Ragione in Verona has reopened as the site for the Galleria d’Arte Moderna Achille Forti.  For more details in English, click here, and for details in Italian, click here.  A history of the building is available here.

Reopening of the Louvre’s 18th-Century Rooms in June

  • Closed since 2005, as they underwent a 26 million euro restoration, the 18th-century rooms of the Louvre will reopen this June.  For more details, click here.

Discovery of Evidence for French Colonial Homes in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

  • Archaeologists have discovered evidence of French colonial houses and the artifacts that they contained in St. Louis, Missouri, offering the first material insights into the area’s earliest settlers.  For more details, click here.

Restoration of Robert Smythson’s Bolsover Castle and its Gardens

  • English Heritage has recently undertaken a restoration and reinterpretation of the early seventeenth-century Bolsover Castle, located in Derbyshire, England.  For more details specifically on the gardens, click here.


Restoration of the “New Room” at George Washington’s Mount Vernon

  • The two-storey “New Room” at Mount Vernon has been restored extensively over the past year, including new wallpaper and window hangings as well as an updated color scheme.  For more details, click here and here.

Bulgari to Fund Restoration of Spanish Steps in Rome

  • Bulgari has promised to finance the restoration of the Spanish Steps during 2015-2017 with a gift of 1.5 million euros.  For more details, click here.

The British National Trust Launches Appeal to Fund Repair of 17th-Century Dyrham Park

  • Dyrham Park (1692-1704), the home of William III’s colonial administrator, will need extensive repairs to protect its collection of furnishings, including late seventeenth-century Dutch art and ceramics.  For more details, click here.


Completed Restoration of Bernini’s Piazza San Pietro Colonnade

  • After five years of work, restoration of the colonnade surrounding Bernini’s Piazza San Pietro has been completed.  For more details, click here.

Restoration of Alberti’s S. Andrea in Mantua Nears Completion

  • Ongoing repairs to the frescoes, stuccoes, statues, and other decoration of S. Andrea in Mantua (particularly those necessary following the May 2012 earthquake) are nearing completion.  For more details, click here.

Newly Discovered Mid-Eighteenth-Century Panorama of Zurich

  • A panorama of Zurich from the mid-eighteenth century, most likely by the landscape painter Johann Jakob Hofmann, has recently been discovered at the Zentralbibliothek Zürich.  For more details, click here.


New Group Formed to Preserve Vanbrugh’s Kings Weston

  • Kings Weston Action Group has recently been formed to protect and preserve Sir John Vanbrugh’s early eighteenth-century Kings Weston and its estate.  For more details, click here.

Twelve New Drawings by Soane’s Office Discovered

  • As part of its current restoration project, the Soane Museum in London has discovered twelve drawings by members of Sir John Soane’s office behind a watercolor by Joseph Michael Gandy.  For more details, click here.

Juvarra’s Venaria and Stupinigi to be Managed by Consorzio della Venaria

  • Filippo Juvarra’s early eighteenth-century Venaria and Stupinigi will now be managed by a single organization, the Consorzio della Venaria.  For more details, click here.