Kenwood House in north London is undergoing vital repairs that will secure the 18th century mansion for generations to come. A major repair and conservation programme will make the roof wind and weather tight - protecting the magnificent interior and important art collection from serious leaks and damp - and will also repair and revive Kenwood's beautiful exterior.
The scale of these important works means that while the popular grounds at Kenwood - enjoyed by more than one million people each year - will remain open and accessible, the House itself will be closed to the public until late 2013.
Repairing the Roof at Kenwood
The programme of works will see a temporary roof constructed over the building to protect it from the weather and the roof coverings stripped off. As part of the work, the worn, cracked and slipping slates will be replaced and the leadwork, gutters and skylights repaired. Inspection has revealed damage to the leadwork, to the timber beneath the roof and to the cornice.
These repairs are therefore essential and will prevent further deterioration, ensuring that the precious interiors with their fine furniture and internationally important paintings by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Gainsborough are protected.
The repairs will also address the peeling and cracked facades.
Caring for Kenwood Programme
The repairs will be divided into two phases, the first of which will start in winter 2011 and focus on the Brew House restaurant and Service Wing. During this time the House will remain open and the catering service will continue.
Other important conservation works that will be undertaken as part of this programme will include:
- re-pointing and repairing the brickwork and chimneys,
- the restoration and redecoration of the peeling and cracked facades,
- and repairing the damaged joinery on windows, doors and wooden columns.
You can make a donation to the project online or by calling the Development Department on 020 7973 3797. Thank you to everybody who has already supported.