Popular Palladio

Having returned from a wonderful trip accompanying RIBA’s Chief Curator Charles Hind on his sell-out lecture tour, Palladianism, Four Centuries of Style, with the Royal Oak Foundation, we were delighted to meet old friends and new in Philadelphia, Washington DC, New York, Chicago and Charleston. Each city was hugely welcoming and we look forward to revisiting them in the future.

A huge thanks to the Royal Oak Foundation for organizing a incredible tour and to Charles for his fascinating lectures on the influence of Palladian design through the ages. His lectures precede the Fall exhibition on the subject which will take place at RIBA’s London HQ – 66 Portland Place. We look forward to welcoming as many American Friends as possible to what promises to be an enlightening and refreshing look at the subject of arguably the most pervading architectural style.

Please see below for a few highlights from this wonderful trip…PopularPalladioTourAlbum

 

Spring 2015 US Palladio Lecture Tour Dates Published

Palladian Bridge, Stowe, Buckinghamshire,  photograph by Bernard Hugh Cox. Bernard Cox / RIBA Library Photographs Collection
Palladian Bridge, Stowe, Buckinghamshire, photograph by Bernard Hugh Cox. Bernard Cox / RIBA Library Photographs Collection

We are very pleased to announce the dates and locations for the lecture tour which Charles Hind, world-renowned Palladio expert and H.J. Heinz Curator of Drawings and Archives Collections, will be giving for the Royal Oak Foundation in May. Please see below for the dates and locations:

Philadelphia: Monday 4th May at the Union League Club

Washington DC: Tuesday 5th May in the Mathematical Association of America’s Carriage House

New York: Thursday 7th May in the Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium

Chicago: Friday 8th May at the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF)

Charleston: Tuesday 12th May in the First Baptist Church

If you would like to find out more about the events and to buy tickets, please contact Emily de Vismes (+44 207 307 3689 & Emily.deVismes@riba.org)

Stourhead, Wiltshire: view of the Pantheon across the lake with the turf bridge, photograph by Edwin Smith. Edwin Smith / RIBA Library Photographs Collection
Stourhead, Wiltshire: view of the Pantheon across the lake with the turf bridge, photograph by Edwin Smith. Edwin Smith / RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Star Presentation in New York in November 2014

 

Atmospheric World Trade Center Model Feature
Atmospheric World Trade Center Model Feature
Star Objects Presentation at 7 World Ttrade Center
Star Objects Presentation at 7 World Ttrade Center
Nina Libeskind's welcome remarks
Nina Libeskind’s welcome remarks 
Dr Kent Rawlinson and Daniel Libeskind discussing the star objects
Dr Kent Rawlinson and Daniel Libeskind discussing the star objects
Guests studying the star objects
Guests studying the star objects
Guests looking at the 3D Model of the World Trade Center complex.
Guests looking at the 3D Model of the World Trade Center complex.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Architecture enthusiasts gathered at 7 World Trade Center on the first day of World Trade Center trading since 2001, to celebrate treasures from the British Architectural Library at a special event on Monday November 3rd 2014.

Hosted by Daniel and Nina Libeskind, along with the board of The American Friends of the British Architectural Library, guests were invited to view special treasures from the British Architectural Library collections, never seen before in the States.  Here they were able to also enjoy views across Ground Zero, alongside models of the site in the event space.

Following heartfelt words from Daniel Libeskind regarding the importance of the practice of drawing for architects and his support of the British Architectural Library and its collection of over 4 million objects, Nina Libeskind eloquently shared her experience of their time spent exploring the collections when in London.

Kent Rawlinson, Head of Collections at the British Architectural Library went on to say a few words relating to the connections between the objects on view that Daniel Libeskind had selected from the Library which included original drawings by Raphael, Palladio and Inigo Jones as well as Jones’ copy of Serlio’s tome on Architecture.  AFBAL Board Member and architect Edward Williams then conveyed the importance of supporting this extraordinary collection and the mission of the American Friends of the British Architectural Library, which is to increase awareness of this wonderful collection and improve access to US audiences.

 

2014 Summer Programme

This summer, The American Friends of the British Architectural Library and RIBA Patrons come together for the first time in London. We hope you will join us for a three day series of exclusive tours surrounding the Summer Dinner.

Day one A Tour of RIBA & its collections

Wednesday 25 June 2014, 11.30am – 3.30pm

RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD

On day one, we will tour 66 Portland Place, the Grade II listed Art Deco building and home to the RIBA and British Architectural Library. This will be followed by a light lunch and an exclusive viewing of highlights from our world class collections.

RIBA
RIBA © Philip Vile

Day two – A Special Invitation to Folly Farm

Thursday 26 June 2014, 8.15am – 2.30pm (including travel)

Sulhamstead Hill, Sulhamstead, Berkshire, RG7 4DG

The owners have generously invited American Friends and Patrons to visit Folly Farm, their private residence and an exceptional example of classical and Arts and Craft architecture, extensively re-modelled by Sir Edwin Lutyens. The gardens, laid out in 1912 by Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll, have recently been re-planted by English garden designer Dan Pearson. RIBA’s Chief Curator Charles Hind will lead us on a tour of the house and garden with refreshments in between.

Sulhamstead Hill
Sulhamstead Hill © Will Pryce

Summer Dinner

Thursday 26 June, 7.00 – 11.00pm

66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD

Join Harry Rich, Chief Executive for our highlight of the year: the Summer Dinner. Welcome drinks will be held exclusively in the beautiful surrounds of the British Architectural Library, at the heart of the RIBA and its collections, followed by dinner at the top of the building overlooking the London skyline.

The British Architectural Library at RIBA
The British Architectural Library at RIBA © Philip Vile

Day three – An “escape to the country”: Great Dixter and Brickwall

Friday 27 June, 9.00am – 5.30pm  (including travel) 

Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 6PH & Brickwall House & Gardens, Northiam, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 6NL

Brickwall is an impressive 17th Century timber-framed house surrounded by a wonderful Stuart garden. Great Dixter dates back to 1460, and was restored by Sir Edwin Lutyens in the 1900s when the house was owned by Nathanial Lloyd OBE, FRIBA. His son, the gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd, planted the garden. Join RIBA’s Chief Curator Charles Hind as we tour each house and garden, with Victoria Williams, Administrative and Conservation Director and Fergus Garrett, CEO and Head Gardener at Great Dixter.

Great Dixter
Great Dixter © Edwin Smith / RIBA Library Photographs Collection

Details:

Cost for the three days are: UK Patrons £250 (individual) / £500 (couple) US $450 (individual) / $900 (couple)

For further details please contact Emily de Vismes: emily.devismes@riba.org or +44 207 307 3689

Magnificence & Destruction Lecture and Lunch 2 April 2014 in New York

The Board of AFBAL are hosting a lecture on Magnificence & Destruction (How King Henry VIII transformed England’s architecture) which will be given by Dr Kent Rawlinson, new Head of Collections at the RIBA, and then a lunch will follow in the private room at The Modern restaurant on Wednesday 2 April 2014.

Tickets are available at $250 per head or $150 for those supporting as Friends, Patrons, Benefactors and Founders. Please contact us for more information.

Nonsuch Palace by Henry William Brewer, 1874 RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collection. Begun by Henry VIII in 1538, Nonsuch Palace was substantially complete at his death in 1547. It was demolished in the 1680s.
Nonsuch Palace by Henry William Brewer, 1874
RIBA Library Drawings and Archives Collection. Begun by Henry VIII in 1538, Nonsuch Palace was substantially complete at his death in 1547. It was demolished in the 1680s.

Welcome

Welcome to the British Architectural Library Trust, formerly known as the American Friends of the British Architectural Library (AFBAL). Here you can find further details on how to join a group of supporters who help protect and nurture one of the world’s greatest architectural collections and promote collaborations with the Royal Institute of British Architects through cultural activities in the US.

Inaugural board meeting 7 November 2013

We are pleased to announce that the inaugural board meeting of the American Friends of the British Architectural Library was held on 7 November 2013 in New York.

We are very grateful to the board and all those who have pledged their support. We would be delighted to hear from you if you are interested in joining the founding group of American Friends – please contact us for more information on supporting our work, as well as news of upcoming events in 2014.

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