The his­tory of our houses

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

IS it pos­si­ble among the fly­ing pro­pos­als for re­use of Clan­don (‘Un­tan­gling the Gor­dian Knot’, May 10 and Let­ters, May 24) that no one has sug­gested that its very his­tory lends it­self uniquely to be­com­ing a stand­ing ex­hi­bi­tion? More than 40 years ago, COUN­TRY LIFE tri­umphed with an ex­hi­bi­tion en­ti­tled ‘The De­struc­tion of the Coun­try House’. It was an ob­ject les­son in things lost, in­clud­ing homes to fire. How­ever, at least two new gen­er­a­tions have been born who know not of that his­tory. What bet­ter reded­i­ca­tion of Clan­don—as well as a unique marketing propo­si­tion—than to turn it into a stand­ing memo­rial and gallery to all those beau­ti­ful houses that have come be­fore it? Ne­hama Ja­cobs, Cal­i­for­nia, USA

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