Pugin and Salisbury: inspired and inspiring
Guided Tour | Odeon Cinema
Thursday 15 June 2017 - 11:00 until 15:30
Augustus Pugin is best known as architect of the Houses of Parliament but one of his earliest commissions was the restoration of one of many medieval buildings in Salisbury, where he was living. A hundred years later this became the entrance foyer to, and inspired the décor of, one of the 1930s grandest Gaumont Palace cinemas, now the Odeon. This visit begins behind the scenes at the Odeon to admire the designs of W E Trent, then one of Britain's best cinema architects, and the tapestry paintings by Gaumont cinemas' chief artist Frank Barnes.
Lunch will be at the New Inn a short walk away, originally built for the cathedral workmen in the 13th century. Returning to the cinema for an afternoon walk round the sites that inspired Pugin, including the Cathedral. The visit will finish at St Osmond's church, which he designed after he had moved to London.
This event has been organised by the Wiltshire Volunteer Fundraising Committee to help raise money for the Art Fund.