Magazine article Geographical

Illuminating the North Facade

Magazine article Geographical

Illuminating the North Facade

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For the first time in the 140-year history of Lowther Lodge, the Society's home in Kensington, the ornate north facade is being illuminated at night. A soft, warm light now washes over the building, picking out its vertical lines and drawing attention to the hand-carved motifs.

Michael Palin turned the lights on in December, having successfully led a campaign to raise funds to restore and light the facade during his time as the Society's president (2009-12). 'I always felt that this remarkable building, besides holding the Society's treasures, was a bit of a treasure in itself. It's an exceptional and unusual building. Although modest, it's as worthy of attention as its illustrious neighbours--the Royal Albert Hall and the Albert Memorial,' Michael said, before flicking the switch.

'I admit [the lighting] is showing off a bit, but it shows off a building of real quality,' he continued, 'a building that, for 100 years, has shown off all that's important and relevant and exciting about the discipline of geography; a building that has seen great names come and go.'

Designed by revolutionary domestic architect Norman Shaw in the Queen Anne style, the Grade IP-listed building stands out as one of the most important existing examples of Shaw's work. …

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