London Visit-Pitzhanger Manor, Ealing
Pitzhanger Manor was owned from 1800 to 1810 by the architect John Soane, who radically rebuilt it. Soane intended it as a country villa for entertaining and eventually for passing to his elder son. He demolished most of the existing building except the two-storey south wing built in 1768 by George Dance, who had been his first employer. In the late twentieth century, an extensive restoration returned much of the building back to Soane's design. It is now a showcase of Soane's design and also hosts exhibitions and events for visitors. In April 2012, Pitzhanger Manor was awarded a first-round development grant of £275,000 from the (HLF), and is working with the Pitzhanger Manor Trust and the HLF on plans to restore the house. The project aims to "restore Soane’s architectural vision, reveal Pitzhanger Manor’s rich history, make the building more accessible and upgrade the gallery .