A house in a fine ter­race by Robert Adam was con­verted from use as a bank to be­come the head­quar­ters of the Ge­or­gian Group. On the char­ity’s 80th birth­day,

John Martin Robin­son con­sid­ers its his­tory

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden - Pho­to­graphs by Will Pryce

6, Fitzroy Square, Lon­don W1 The head­quar­ters of the Ge­or­gian Group

The Ge­or­gian Group (GG) cel­e­brates its 80th birth­day this year. It was born in the con­text of the early-20th-cen­tury re­vival of in­ter­est in Ge­or­gian Bri­tain and im­me­di­ately es­tab­lished it­self as a for­mi­da­ble voice of op­po­si­tion to the on­go­ing de­struc­tion of this her­itage (Coun­try Life, March 26, 2014). Through­out Fe­bru­ary 2017, its head­quar­ters in 6, Fitzroy Square, W1, will host an an­niver­sary ex­hi­bi­tion to demon­strate the qual­ity of con­tem­po­rary crafts­man­ship in the Clas­si­cal tra­di­tion and the tal­ents of young stu­dents and ap­pren­tices as well as the more es­tab­lished prac­tices. The story of how the char­ity came to oc­cupy and re­store this build­ing is re­mark­able.

When it was founded 80 years ago, in 1937, by Lord Der­went, Dou­glas Goldring and Robert By­ron, the GG had no for­mal head­quar­ters and its early meet­ings took place in the flat of a mem­ber, Baroness d’er­langer, in Pic­cadilly. Af­ter the Sec­ond World War, it had a small grace-and-favour of­fice at 2, Ch­ester Street on the Grosvenor es­tate in SW1, which is to­day oc­cu­pied, in turn, by the

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