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EWH Friends gather at Learmonth Terrace

Friends of EWH met at 25 Learmonth Terrace at the end of July to see the conservation work and explore the fascinating interior of this historic building.

Aug 27, 2014

Last year EWH awarded a repayable grant to help conserve the exterior of the category A listed building. It was built between 1891-3 for Arthur Sanderson, a wine merchant and whisky distiller who had bought a large collection of old-master paintings, antiques, porcelain and sculpture. In 1925 the building was bought for the newly formed 603 Squadron of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, who are still based there today as part of the Reserve and Cadet Forces.

The Friends of EWH met the stone masons involved in the project, and saw a demonstration of some of the techniques used in carving new architectural details for the building. Because of the unusual nature of the building it has presented something of a challenge for the masons, requiring detailed and intricate carving by eye.

They also had a guided tour of the building, kindly led by members of 603 Squadron. Each room in the house was individually designed by the Edinburgh firm Scott Morton & Co to house Sanderson’s extensive art collection.

Learmonth Terrace represents one of the best examples of their work. From the Grecian themed entrance hall, to the Renaissance Dining Room, the Drawing Room inspired by Robert Adam, and guest bedroom in the style of Louis XIII. It is said that a master-joiner started and finished his apprenticeship working on the chimney-pieces in the Billard Room.

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