6 Fitzroy Square, London, W1T 5DX
Doors open 6.15pm, talk starts 6.30pm (inc. wine)
For centuries, Britain’s country houses were the exclusive preserve of the traditional landed gentry of lords and ladies. Starting in the late 19th century, however, an entirely different kind of proprietor began to take up residence as American money came across the Atlantic. This talk will uncover the ways in which American industrialists, self-made men and eligible heiresses helped to save British country houses and how this unlikely juxtaposition of two very different cultures changed the architecture, society and character of our country houses forever.
Clive Aslet is an architectural historian, author and former editor of Country Life. He has published extensively on various aspects of British architecture and life, from country houses to war memorials.