News in the Field: 2016


Borromini’s S. Ivo alla Sapienza Closed After Earthquake Damage

  • After the late October earthquake across Italy, Francesco Borromini’s S. Ivo alla Sapienza has closed because of cracks in its cupola.  For more details, click here.

Ongoing Restoration of Guarini’s Consolata in Turin

  • Restoration of Guarino Guarini’s Consolata continues, as restorers turn to the facade and a new project for the cloister is considered.  For more details, click here.

Eighteenth-Century St. Paul’s Chapel in New York Restored

  • The eighteenth-century St. Paul’s Chapel in Lower Manhattan has been cleaned and repainted for the 250th anniversary of its construction.  For more details, click here.


Rem Koolhaas Restores Venetian Fondaco dei Tedeschi

  • OMA (the architectural firm of Rem Koolhaas) has been working since 2009 to transform the 16th-century Fondaco dei Tedeschi in Venice into a department store and public space; renovations include a new rooftop, new entrances, and pedestrian access to the courtyard.  For more details, click here.

Virtual Reconstruction of Soane’s Bank of England

  • With the assistance of Robert A. M. Stern Architects, Sir John Soane’s Bank of England (now demolished) has been recreated and speculative models of how it might appear today have also been made.  For more details, click here.

Virtual Reconstruction of the Royal Estate of Choisy-le-Roi

  • The buildings, gardens, and grounds of Choisy-le-Roi, a royal French estate, have been reconstructed for the final years of Louis XV’s reign (approximately 1770-80).  For more details, click here.


Papal Residence in Castel Gandolfo Newly Open to the Public

  • Pope Francis has opened the papal vacation residence in Castel Gandolfo to the public for the first time.  For photographs and more details, click here.

Peruvian Church of S. Sebastian Gutted by Fire

  • The sixteenth-century church of S. Sebastian in Cuzco, Peru has been gutted by fire.  For more details, click here.

Expanded and Restored Spaces at Sir John Soane’s Museum, London 

  • Sir John Soane’s Museum in London has opened new exhibition spaces in adjacent buildings and reopened restored interiors after a seven-year, £7-million restoration project.  For more details, click here.


Cappella del Crocefisso in S. Martino in Siena Now Attributed to Borromini

  • Joseph Connors (Harvard) and Machtelt Brüggen Israëls (Amsterdam) have conducted research to reveal that the Cappella del Crocefisso in the Sienese church of S. Martino was designed by Borromini. For more details, click here.

17th-Century Roman Architectural Cabinet Acquired by the Getty

  • The Getty Museum has acquired an early 17th-century pietre dure architectural cabinet, initially made for Pope Paul V.  For more details, click here.

17th-Century Brazilian Jesuit Ruins Useful for Mapping Historical Magnetic Fields

  • The ruins of the 17th-century Jesuit mission of Santo Ângelo in Brazil can be used to map historical magnetic fields because magnetite in the clay realigned in accord with the magnetic forces of the earth when the bricks and pavers for the building were fired.  For more details, click here.


17th-Century Irish Castle Rediscovered After 250 Years

  • The 17th-century Clones Castle, in County Monaghan of Northern Ireland, has been rediscovered behind an 18th-century terrace house in the town of Clones, after it was considered lost for 250 years.  For more details, click here.

16th-Century Bradgate House Recreated with 3D Technology

  • Bradgate House, a ruined 16th-century country house in Leicestershire, England, has been recreated in its entirety with 3D technology by design experts at De Montfort University Leicester.  For more details, click here.

Parisian Architect Dominique Perrault to Design New Visitor Spaces at Versailles

  • Parisian architect Dominique Perrault has won a closed competition to design new visitor spaces in the Pavillon Dufour and Old Wing flanking the Royal Courtyard at Versailles. For more details, click here.


18th-Century Antigua Dockyard Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • A cluster of 18th-century naval structures on the former British island colony of Antigua in the Caribbean have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  For more details, click here.

London’s National Portrait Gallery Acquires Earliest Known Portrait of a British Architect

  • The National Portrait Gallery in London has acquired a portrait of mason-architect Ralph Simons, who was active at the turn of the seventeenth century; this painting, discovered at an Italian auction, is the first known portrait of a British architect.  For more details, click here.

Restoration Begun on Guarini’s and Juvarra’s Consolata in Turin

  • Following closure of the Consolata in Turin because of serious decay, including crumbling cornices, restoration has been begun; the church was designed by Guarino Guarini and Filippo Juvarra.  For more details, click here.


Gardens of Filippo Juvarra’s Palazzina di Caccia at Stupinigi Reopened

  • The gardens of the early eighteenth-century Palazzina di Caccia, designed by Filippo Juvarra, in Stupinigi have reopened after eight years of restoration.  For more details, click here.

Venetian Scuola della Misericordia Opens to the Public

  • The Venetian Scuola della Misericordia, founded in the late 13th century and built and renovated through the early 18th century, has opened its doors to the public after several years of restoration.  For more details, click here.

Neo-Palladian British Wentworth Woodhouse Purchased by Preservation Trust

  • The eighteenth-century, Neo-Palladian Wentworth Woodhouse has been purchased by the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust from its owners and will undergo extensive restoration.  For more details, click here.


Obituary of Hugh Honour, Renowned Art and Architectural Historian

  • Hugh Honour, renowned historian of the art, architecture and decorative arts of early modern Europe, has died at the age of 88.  For his obituary, click here.

Video Flyover of Humphry Repton’s Grounds at Attingham Park

  • Attingham Park has created a video flyover of Humphry Repton’s late eighteenth-century landscape on the estate.  For the video, click here.

Seventeenth-Century Scottish Cowane’s Hospital to be Restored

  • Cowane’s Hospital, a deteriorating 17th-century building in Stirling, Scotland, has received £2 million for its restoration and reopening from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  For more details, click here.


Gallery of Maps in the Vatican Palace Restored and Reopened

  • After four years of restoration, the Gallery of Maps inside the Vatican Palace has been reopened.  For more details, click here.

Sale Cinesi in the Castello Reale di Govone Reopened

  • The eighteenth-century Sale Cinesi inside the Castello Reale di Govone have been restored and reopened. For more details, click here.

“Capability” Brown Landscapes Restored Across England

  • In connection with the festival commemorating the tercentennial of Lancelot “Capability” Brown’s birth, castles and palaces across England are restoring landscapes designed by him.  For more details, click here.


Heritage Lottery Fund Supports Restoration of William Hogarth’s Garden

  • The Heritage Lottery Fund has offered development funding for schemes to refurbish the garden at William Hogarth’s house in Chiswick, England.  For more details, click here.

Florence Offers Virtual Graffiti Alternative for Duomo

  • To combat the practice of leaving graffiti on Florence’s Duomo, Florentine officials are providing tourists the opportunity to create virtual graffiti on special tablets.  For more details, click here.

John Wood the Younger’s Drawing Set Sells for £26,000

  • The silver drawing set owned by John Wood the Younger, the eighteenth-century British architect who designed Bath’s Royal Crescent, has sold for £26,000.  For more details, click here.


Eighteenth-Century Redwood Library Acquires Architectural Books Collection

  • The mid-eighteenth-century Redwood Library in Newport, Rhode Island, USA has acquired a significant new collection of eighteenth-century architectural books and building manuals.  For more details, click here.

Bruce Boucher Appointed as Director of Soane Museum

  • Bruce Boucher, a renowned scholar of Italian architectural history, has been appointed as the new Director of the Soane Museum in London.  For more details, click here.

New Lighting for Giulio Romano’s Pescherie in Mantua

  • A new lighting scheme has been created for Giulio Romano’s early sixteenth-century Pescherie in Mantua.  For more details, click here.


The British Clandon Park House to be Restored After Fire

  • Following the 2015 fire that destroyed much of the eighteenth-century Clandon Park House in England, the National Trust has announced plans to restore the main ground-floor rooms.  For more details, click here.

Planned Restoration of Ascanio Vitozzi’s SS. Trinità in Turin

  • Because of damage from damp conditions, a three-year restoration project, requiring more than 2 million euros, has been announced for Vitozzi’s sixteenth-century SS. Trinità.  For more details, click here.

UK Heritage Lottery Fund to Support Restoration at Isaac Ware’s Clifton Hill House

  • The British Heritage Lottery Fund has announced that it will underwrite the restoration of the garden at Isaac Ware’s mid-eighteenth-century Clifton Hill House.  For more details, click here.