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Holmwood Interior Recreation

The drawing room at Holmwood

Holmwood Interior Recreation project

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Known for the strong influence of ancient Greece in its architecture, Holmwood is possibly the best example of Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson’s architectural vision and his interior designs. From its columns and cupolas to its elegant floor-to-ceiling windows, Holmwood is one of the most compelling neo-Greek buildings from the Victorian era.

To conservators’ surprise and delight, Thomson’s original decorations have been uncovered – many surviving intact under layers of paint applied over the years by the house’s former owners.

These highly colourful and intricate stencilled walls are rare examples of Thomson’s interior design schemes and the only ones open to the public. However, without urgent conservation work they could be lost forever.

We must raise £120,000 to conserve, protect and research these interiors. By donating today you can help us re-create Thomson’s work for everyone to enjoy.

The result will bring the rich colours and opulent designs vividly to life. Visitors will be able to appreciate Thomson’s genius and experience what the villa would have looked like when newly built in 1857–8.