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Previous Initiatives: Fairfax House Restoration by Civic Trust


Exterior of Fairfax House

Fairfax House - Red Saloon

Fairfax House - Main Staircase
The building on Castlegate, which boasts the best mid-eighteenth century interior in the north of England, was restored by the Trust in 1982-84.  The House, created for Lord Fairfax by John Carr, had fallen on hard times.  It had become an adjunct to a cinema with first-floor rooms converted to a dance-hall.

The Trust employed the eminent Yorkshire architect, Francis Johnson, to oversee the restoration. The result was a resounding success, revealing superb carved woodwork, exquisite wrought iron and extraordinary stuccoed ceilings of the very highest standard.

Fairfax House is now open to the public as a much-visited museum.  It is home to the famous Noel Terry Collection of English furniture and clocks, formed by the local chocolate magnate and one of York's most generous benefactors.

As Sir Simon Jenkins said on a recent visit to York - 'this is the most perfect eighteenth century townhouse I have come across anywhere in England.'

Here is a link to Fairfax House, which celebrates its 250th anniversary in 2013.