tue28jan6:30 pmFeaturedSOLD OUT - Film: Avenue House – A Country House RevealedFilm screening of Avenue House - A Country House Revealed6:30 pm The Prince's Foundation, 19-22 Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 3SGBook now

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From 2011, the filmmaker Douglas Downing spent two years recording the sale and dispersal of Avenue House, the former home of Professor Sir Albert Richardson (1880-1964) in Ampthill, Bedfordshire. Built in 1780 for a brewer, the house was extended in 1792-95 by Henry Holland. Richardson purchased Avenue House in 1919, living there until his death in 1964, and over the following decades he filled it with an astonishing collection of furniture, art and curios.

Richardson himself had an extraordinary life and was an extraordinary character; he often dressed in Georgian clothing when at home and enjoyed being taken to local dinner parties in a sedan chair carried by liveried footmen. Trained as an architect, founding his own practice in 1906, he is perhaps best known for his books Monumental Classic: Architecture in Great Britain and Ireland and Regional Architecture of the West of England, which was largely based on his work as architect for the Duchy of Cornwall in the early 20th century. In addition to this, he was a founding member of The Georgian Group, a Professor of Architecture at University College London, a President of the Royal Academy and an editor of Architects’ Journal. In 1980, his grandson, Simon Houfe, published the well-received biography of his grandfather called The Professor in which he gave a riveting account of this eminent architect and academic’s life and work, so strongly influenced by nostalgia for the craftmanship of the late Georgian era, at a time when modernism was at its height.

INTBAU and The Georgian Group are delighted to announce an exclusive screening of this documentary film. Douglas Downing has spent over two years researching and making this film on Sir Albert’s life and work and the stories associated with Avenue House and its contents. Previously unable to release the documentary, Douglas is delighted to give a short introductory talk prior to the film’s screening.

Drinks and refreshments will be provided from 6.30pm, alongside a display of drawings and photographs of recently completed buildings by members of INTBAU’s College of Traditional Practitioners. The talk and film will start at 7pm.

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The Prince's Foundation

19-22 Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 3SG

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