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26 May


Dover Town Hall, Maison Dieu

May 26, 2017 | By |

A belated congratulations to Dover Town Hall on the launch of their restoration appeal and award of Grade I listed building designation.  Hirst Conservation was delighted to be able undertake initial architectural paint research and digital recreation to reveal and showcase some of the fantastic William Burges decoration to key interiors.

Following initial paint research, limited uncovering and examination of archive images we were able to overlay onto images of the current scheme a digital recreation of the original colours, line work, stencilling, and free hand painting that make up the decoration of these splendid William Burges interiors.

More information can be found through the website of the Dover District Council:

Posy Metz, Listing Advisor, Historic England, said: “Dover is not short of important heritage, but the Town Hall, which incorporates the remains of the Maison Dieu, is one of its gems. The building fully deserves being upgraded to Grade I, the highest level of listed buildings. It was restored in the mid-19th century and substantially extended in the late 19th century by William Burges, a Gothic Revival architect of considerable renown. Burges’ decorative interior paint scheme, currently hidden by layers of later paint, waits to be revealed once more.”

Heritage Minister, Tracey Crouch, said: “Dover Town Hall is an important part of the town’s vibrant history, and this research has revealed an intriguing new side to it.  I’m delighted that we have upgraded Dover Town Hall to a Grade I listing, in recognition of its fine architectural details and historical significance.”

The project team included Haverstock, Ingham Pinnock Associates and Rena Pitsilli-Graham Architects.

Mayor’s Parlour as it currently appears

Mayor’s Parlour with original scheme digitally recreated

Connaught Hall as it currently appears

Connaught Hall with original scheme digitally recreated