I love books and own a lot of them. Indeed, one of the reasons I purchased the Cross House was because it had a library. For my whole life, the idea of an entire room dedicated just for books seemed an impossible dream.
Two of my favorite books are, unsurprisingly, about restoration.
These two books had a significant impact on my decision to buy the Cross House, for the books detail restorations which are truly miraculous. Structures which were profoundly devastated by fire were brought back. Reading these books countless times since the 1990s has changed how I see things. When I first toured the Cross House when thinking about its purchase, it was, yes, a wreck, but all I could think was: Well, it’s a billion times better than what happened to Uppark and Windsor!
And daunting seemed doable.
The current plans for Clandon Park include meticulous restorations of the Marble Hall, and other rooms. The top floor, wholly destroyed inside, will be recreated as open, modern art galleries.
I greatly look forward to a book on the completed work.