A Lego model of Chiswick House which has been built by the Chiswick House Friends group is going on display in the cafe at Chiswick House during half term.
The model is one of three being made by the Friends to raise money for Chiswick House & Gardens Trust after the Trust faced a dramatic loss of earnings in 2020 because of the pandemic. Weddings were among the events cancelled which usually bring in a substantial income to keep the House and Gardens looking lovely; hence the Lego bride and groom on the steps of the House in the model.
The three configurations show the House as it was originally conceived by its architect Lord Burlington in 1727, the House with the Victorian wings in place (you can see one in place below), and the House as it is now.
Image above: Lego model of Chiswick House built by Chiswick House Friends on show in the cafe at Chiswick House & Gardens
“As accurate as Lego allows”
The model on show in the cafe represents £30,000 of donations from the public so far. The Friends build the models as they receive donations and they are about 40% of the way towards their target of £75,000. If you would like to buy a brick or two to help it on its way, the bricks cost £1.50 each and you can buy them here.
Progress is updated daily on the Friends of Chiswick House website and if you donate £15 or more, your name is added to their Roll of Honour.
‘The model is accurate’ says John Armstrong, Chair of Chiswick House Friends, ‘as far as Lego allows’ and has a removable roof so that the shape and colour of the internal rooms can be seen. Internal lighting is installed to help show this. Spring half term dates in Hounslow are 15 – 19 February, but the model will be there till the cafe closes for renovation at the end of February.
The Chiswick House Friends is an independent charity which supports the preservation and enhancement of Chiswick House and its Gardens, and the education of visitors and the local community. For more information about the Friends, write to email@example.com or have a look at their website.
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