News in the Field: 2018


Multisensory UNESCO Architecture Project in Poland

  • The Foundation “Pełni Kultury” has initiated MULTISENSORY UNESCO, a project seeking to digitize and share monuments and buildings in the town of Lipnica Murowana.  For more details, click here.

Mid-Eighteenth-Century Cabinet Restored Inside Palazzo Reale, Turin

  • The gilded and mirrored Gabinetto del Segreto Maneggio degli Affari di Stato inside the Palazzo Reale of Turin has been recently restored and reopened.  For more details, click here.

US Library of Congress Photochroms of Destroyed Buildings

  • A rich collection of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century photochroms of now destroyed buildings exists at the United States Library of Congress.  For examples of these photochroms, click here.


Restoration of Great Gate at Christ’s College, Cambridge 

  • After four years, restoration of the early 16th-century Great Gate into Christ’s College at the University of Cambridge has been completed.  For more details, click here.

Late 17th-Century Fortifications of Quebec Discovered

  • Construction workers have discovered the earliest fortifications by the French against the English in Quebec, Canada.  For more details, click here.

Architectural Drawings to Raffaello da Montelupo and Andrea Pozzo at Christie’s

  • Twelve architectural drawings by the 16th-century sculptor and architect Raffaello da Montelupo and one drawing attributed to Andrea Pozzo will be put up for action by Christie’s on 4 December.  For more details and images of the Raffaello da Montelupo drawings, click here.  For more details and images of the Andrea Pozzo drawing, click here.


Obituary:  Christof Thoenes

  • Christof Thoenes, a renowned architectural historian of early modern Italy, passed away in October.  For an obituary by Horst Bredekamp, click here.

Rooms by Vanbrugh Discovered under Blenheim Palace’s Grand Bridge

  • As dredging has occurred in an effort to save the Grand Bridge at Blenheim Palace, a sequence of early eighteenth-century rooms from Sir John Vanbrugh’s design have been discovered.  For more details, click here.

Sixtus V’s Sancta Sanctorum Complex To Re-open in 2019

  • After two decades of restoration, the Sancta Sanctorum complex commissioned by Pope Sixtus V in the late sixteenth century will reopen at the end of 2019; in the meantime, the complex is entirely closed.  For more details, click here.


16th-Century House Restored in Mexico City

  • A 16th-century Mexican home, the oldest in Mexico City and one of the oldest on the North American continent, has recently been restored.  For more details, click here.

Guarini’s Cappella della Sindone in Turin Now Open

  • The late seventeenth-century Cappella della Sindone by Guarino Guarini in Turin has been fully restored and has reopened after its destruction in a 1997 fire.  For more details, click here.

Wooden Dragons Return to William Chambers’s Chinese Pagoda at Kew

  • As originally designed, the late eighteenth-century Chinese Pagoda designed by William Chambers for Kew Gardens in London had roofs encircled by wooden dragons; after 234 years and with the help of 3D technology, most of those dragons have now been recreated at Kew.  For more details, click here.


New Evidence Suggests Alexander Pope Designed Garden at Marble Hill House

  • A note by the 18th-century English poet Alexander Pope on the back of a translation of Homer’s Odyssey links him to the design of the garden at Marble Hill House in the western suburbs of London.  For more details, click here.

Virtual Reconstruction of 16th-Century Edinburgh

  • Researchers at the University of St. Andrews have collaborated across the sciences and humanities to reconstruct digitally Edinburgh as it appeared in the mid-16th century.  For more details, click here.

Guarino Guarini’s Cappella della Sindone Set to Re-open in September

  • Guarino Guarini’s Cappella della Sindone in Turin will re-open on 27 September, after extensive restoration following the 1997 fire.  For more details, click here.


UK Heatwave Reveals Remains of 17th-Century Garden at Chatsworth

  • This summer’s heatwave in the UK has revealed the patterns of an ornate 17th-century garden on the South Lawn at Chatsworth.  For more details, click here.

Palazzo Barberini Opens 11 New Rooms and Borromini Staircase

  • The 17th-century Palazzo Barberini in Rome has opened 11 rooms and the staircase designed by Borromini to the public — all spaces previously occupied by an Italian military officers’ club.  For more details, click here.

Museum of London Acquires 1815 Panorama of London

  • The Museum of London has acquired an 1815 panorama of the city, depicting the Palace of Westminster and other buildings before the 1834 fire.  For more details, click here.


“Verspera” Project Reconstructs Historical Appearance of Versailles

  • The “Verspera” project aims to reconstruct digitally the appearance of Versailles under the Ancien Régime by using surviving plans and other archival materials.  For more details, click here.

Little Known Brooking National Collection of Architectural Detail Outside London

  • The Brooking Museum of Architectural Detail, a collection of architectural fragments collected by Charles Brooking over 50 years, is little known but contains architectural details spanning the centuries.  For more details, click here.

Skatepark in Luxembourg Designed as Reinterpretation of 17th-Century Vauban Fortress

  • The skatepark in the Peitruss Valley Park of Luxembourg has been designed to echo the local fortress that was created by Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban, military architect to Louis XIV, and that is now a UNESCO Heritage Site.  For more details, click here.


Debate Over Restoration of Gardens at Alexander Pope’s Marble Hill House

  • English Heritage plans to restore an elaborate and now lost garden at the early eighteenth-century Marble Hill House, the home of the poet Alexander Pope in the western suburbs of London.  For information on the debate about these gardens, click here.

City of Alexandria, Virginia (USA) Acquires Eighteenth-Century House

  • The city of Alexandria, Virginia (USA) has acquired the Murray-Fawcett House, one of the few pre-Revolutionary War structures surviving in the city.  For more details, click here.

Royal Apartment of Filippo Juvarra’s Palazzina di Caccia at Stupinigi Restored and Reopened

  • After being closed for 13 years, the early eighteenth-century royal apartment in Filippo Juvarra’s Palazzina di Caccia at Stupinigi has now been extensively restored and is open again.  For more details, click here.


Video Projection of Charles Le Brun Fresco at Vaux-le-Vicomte

  • Charles Le Brun’s uncompleted fresco for the great hall at Louis Le Vau’s Vaux-le-Vicomte will be reproduced via video projection.  For more details, click here.

MIT Press Receives Mellon Grant to Reprint Architecture and Urban Studies Books

  • The MIT Press has received $157,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support digitization and open-access publication of landmark architecture and urban studies books.  For more details, click here.

Restoration of Cappella Capponi Dome Reveals Parallels with Brunelleschi’s Duomo Dome in Florence

  • Recent restoration of the Florentine Cappella Capponi dome, executed by Brunelleschi before the dome of the Duomo, has revealed new parallels in brickwork construction between the two domes.  For more details, click here.


Obituary:  Henry A. Millon

  • Henry A. Millon, renowned architectural historian, founding Dean of the National Gallery’s Center for  Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, and former Director of the American Academy in Rome, passed away on 2 April.  For an obituary, please click here.

Chatsworth Re-Opens After Extensive Renovation

  • Chatsworth, an English house and estate containing numerous early modern elements from across centuries, has reopened after its most extensive renovation since the 1820s.  For more details, please click here.

Essay on Living in a 17th-Century Manor on Staten Island

  • A recent New York Times article described the experience of an owner of a 17th-century manor on Staten Island in New York.  For the article, please click here.


Castle of Peter Paul Rubens for Sale

  • The 14th-century castle owned by the 17th-century Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens and featured in some of his paintings is now being sold.  For more details, click here.

UK Export Ban on Francesco Guardi’s Rialto Bridge

  • The UK Arts Minister has put an export ban on the 18th-century Francesco Guardi’s Rialto Bridge with the Palazzo dei Camerlenghi, in an effort to keep it in the country until a buyer is found.  For more details, click here.

17th-Century Jesuit Church in Malta Now Restored

  • The 17th-century Jesuit church in Valletta, Malta has had 2,100 meters of its walls restored.  For more details, click here.


Renovations of the Arms Display at the Governor’s Palace in Williamsburg, Virginia

  • Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia (USA) plans to repaint the room holding the large displays of arms at the Governor’s Palace in line with other contemporaneous spaces displaying arms.  For more details, click here.

Obituary:  Jill Lever

  • Jill Lever, former architectural librarian and curator at the Royal Institute of British Architects, has passed away.  For her obituary, click here.

Newly Discovered Watercolor by L’Enfant of George Washington’s Military Camp in the Hudson Valley

  • A watercolor by Pierre Charles L’Enfant and showing George Washington’s camp with its various architectural features at Verplanck’s Point in the Hudson Valley (USA) has recently been discovered.  For more details, click here.