mon14mar6:30 pmYG Lecture: Condensed chronology: the history of East Anglian houses glimpsed at a Suffolk CottageIn-person lecture by Reuben Higgins6:30 pm The Georgian Group, 6 Fitzroy Square, FitzroviaBook Now

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£15 (£10 YGs)

This talk will focus primarily on the original features found at a 17th-century timber-framed cottage in Suffolk, now home of architectural designer and fellow Young Georgian, Reuben Higgins.  The cottage’s current appearance will be evaluated against not only how it might have appeared when first built, but how it looked throughout its historic usage and decoration.  Reuben will compare fragmentary evidence found at the house alongside examples which survive in houses elsewhere in the province. With particular focus to the changed layout in 1821, when an enterprising owner added a compact Georgian wing to the road frontage of the house, our speaker will consider their high ambitions with only a modest budget, and discuss how they managed to employ a well considered, judicious and provincial usage of otherwise sophisticated details. The audience will then be given a tour of each room focusing on the original features, whilst showing a photograph of it as of 2022 with pinpoints of specific features including: the inglenook fireplace, incised plaster mouldings, and windows, as well as proposed design changes and inspirations.

Reuben Higgins is an architectural designer with a passion for craftsmanship, design, and conservation. Reuben’s design approach is led by sensitivity to material, tradition, and age but doesn’t include (strict) authenticity. He sees the history of architectural design as a well of inspiration, to inform the designs of today, much like the architects of the early 20th century such as Voysey and Mackintosh, and to an extent those during the early 19th, such as Alexander Thompson and Sir John Soane.  For Reuben, architecture is a constantly evolving profession and always has been, but that doesn’t mean he styles himself as a modernist.  His belief in the unbroken, dependable usage of traditional methods and materials, sympathetic design and an understanding of proportion is what classifies him as a traditional designer; style is secondary.

The talks starts at 6.30pm, doors open from 6.15pm.

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(Monday) 6:30 pm


The Georgian Group

6 Fitzroy Square, Fitzrovia

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