Tagged Architecture

A Fascinating Visit to Flintham Hall with the Attingham Summer School

The start of the 68th Attingham Summer School yesterday brought back wonderful memories from attending last year.  Attingham was an amazing experience to study the architecture, art, decorative arts, landscape and material culture of English country houses from medieval times to the late 19th century.  It was an incredible opportunity and I am still learning…

Restoration and Renovation at the Chancognie House

For most of my time here at the Chancognie House, work has focused on restoration – bringing various parts of the house, such as the second-floor piazza archways, pictured below, back to their original appearance.  Recently, as you may have noticed from my posts on Instagram and Facebook, I embarked on a renovation project here…

The Day the Chancognie House Almost Burned Down

Like most early American cities, Charleston has a long history of fires both small and large.  Wooden buildings in close proximity to each other along with fire-building for cooking and warmth were all too often a combustible combination.  The fire of April 27-28, 1838 burned over 500 properties and stopped just down the street from…

An Insider’s Tour of the Royal Pavilion at Brighton

One of the many highlights of my Attingham Summer School experience was the rooftop tour of the Royal Pavilion at Brighton.  Rooftop is a bit misleading, however, as we not only went up to the roof, we went inside the roof. Coming from the US, I am always amazed at things I can do in…

Kedleston Hall – A Robert Adam Architectural Masterpiece

Robert Adam (1728-92) is my favorite architect.  To be fair, my admiration for Adam is a recent development as I had never heard of him before I took up residence in the Chancognie House.  The Buildings of Charleston described the house as having “Adamesque” detailing, so after reading that, I started to study Adam’s work…

Raby Castle – A Medieval Gem in Northeast England

Raby Castle has weathered tumultuous times during a history that spans more than 600 years, and this is reflected in the building itself.  Built by the powerful Nevill family in the 14th century, most of the exterior dates to this period.  After a series of changes in ownership due to political turmoil, the Castle was…

A Memorable Evening at Winkburn Hall with the Attingham Summer School

People often ask me when work at the Chancognie House will be finished.  (For the record, my parents stopped asking this question years ago.)  I answer that question with a smile and say, “Probably never.” There is work involved with owning any home, no matter the age.  Historic homes are a special undertaking, especially if…

Bolsover Castle – A Most Intriguing Site

During the Attingham Summer School, I was fortunate to visit Bolsover Castle which is a fascinating site.  It features Terrace Range, the ruins of a grand house, Little Castle, a miniature version of a grand house and the oldest riding school in England to survive intact. Located in Derbyshire, Bolsover has a long and illustrious…

The Attingham Trust Summer School and a Visit to Boughton House

I recently had the privilege and pleasure of attending the Attingham Trust Summer School, an intensive study course of the British country house.  The Summer School started in 1952 as a way to educate American curators about the complexities of British country houses since many of them had country house materials in their museums.  It…