The Great Drawing Room has been commended in the 2013 Georgian Group Architectural Awards for the Restoration of a Georgian Interior. Great Fulford is a Grade I listed manor in Devon, the home of the Fulford family for over 800 years. The Great Drawing Room was destroyed when the ceiling collapsed in the early 19th century, and its gradual restoration has been the work of three generations of the Fulford family.
The Georgian Group Awards, sponsored by international estate agents Savills, recognise exemplary conservation and restoration projects in the United Kingdom and reward those who have shown the vision and commitment to restore Georgian buildings and landscapes. The judges said:
“This year we bring interior decoration out of the shadows, recognising it as a specific discipline and its practitioners as highly skilled and creative contributors to restoration projects. Geoffrey Preston has rejected timid inoffensiveness in favour of creating something vigorous and of lasting interest. In his skilled hands, it works beautifully, at a stroke allowing a fine room to recover its sense of hierarchy, proportion and meaning – all reinforced by the parallel reinstatement of the 1700 picture hang and the restoration of the Ashburton marble fireplace. It is a powerful statement of confidence in the future of the house, which is now firmly on an upward trajectory.”
Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber won the award this year for his restoration of the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, complete with a copy of Canova’s Three Graces in the Rotunda.
You can read more about this project and see the work in progress on the portfolio page.
Photos © Nick Carter except ‘The Ruin’ © Francis Fulford