Seeing the work of Lutyens
Much of his work consisted of houses now in private occupation, but a cerain amount of his work can be seen, such as houses owned in UK by The National Trust, as well as some other private houses. Notable buildings to see in London, in which he was involved, include the Cenotaph, London’s principal war memorial in Whitehall; Midland Bank (head office in Poultry, City of London) and Grosvenor House, Park Lane; he was also architect to Hampstead Garden Suburb in North London. In the North of England, Lindisfarne Castle, and, in the West, Castle Drogo are well worth visiting. Outside UK, his work includes the Viceroy’s House in New Delhi (now known as the Rashtrapati Bhavan), the British Embassy in Washington, and Parc Floral des Moutiers, near Dieppe, France. One of his most charming creations, on which Gertrude Jekyll cooperated with him over the garden, was Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House, which can be seen at Windsor Castle. The Lutyens Trust was set up to perpetuate his memory. The Trust arranges visits to Lutyens houses, lectures and meetings.
In1991, it was given Goddards, a Lutyens house with a Jekyll garden, which was leased to the Landmark Trust, which makes the house available for lettings. It is also open to the public by appointment on Wednesday afternoons from Easter until the last Wednesday of October. To join the Lutyens Trust, write to the Membership Secretary, Goddards, Abinger Common, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6JH.
Many books have been written about Lutyens’ work; some idea of his work can be seen from the links identified above, as well as the following.
Lutyens’ Delhi; major buildings in the Indian capital, Delhi.
Castle Drogo; dramatically sited castle in North Devon, West of England.
Parc Floral des Moutiers; sea-side house and garden in the North of France, near Dieppe.
Many of his finest buildings are illustrated in the Lutyens Trust web site.