Restoration Intern Largest Free Standing Structure in the World

15 August 2015

Restoration began in April 2003 to the Central Pavilion of the House on the South Front.  Nineteenth - and early twentieth- century cast -iron water tanks were removed from the roof where they sat above the plastered dome. The roof was then recovered with new lead and slate, and stonework that had become dangerous and weathered was replaced. The project was finished in 2005 at a cost of £6 million, largely funded by World Monuments Fund Britain and other private donors. A true feat of modern craftmanship, the scaffolding in use was the largest free-standing structure in the world at that time.

By 2011 the remainder of the South Front had been restored and Stowe regained its beautiful facade as viewed from across the Octagon Lake, as visitors enter from New Inn.