Saving a Historic Landmark

In 2022 we set out to save our unique Grade II listed home on Old Brompton Road. With its rich artistic history and ornate architecture, Dora House has long been a South Kensington landmark. Yet, it was in urgent need of repair.

Our friends, members and supporters responded generously to our appeal to save Dora House.  In December we were delighted to announce that the external restoration was complete and in February 2023 we were able to, once again, open the doors of Dora House to welcome the public with a new exhibition by Polly Morgan.

We are open!

Working from the top down, specialist craftspeople have made our beautiful building safe, sound and structurally dry, whilst also restoring the façade to its original glory.

Every aspect has been carefully considered, from the chimney to the signature wrought iron balconies, from the front door to the stone work. Meanwhile, interior works are now being undertaken.

Dora House reopened in February 2023 with the unveiling of the First Plinth: Public Art Award exhibition with artist Polly Morgan.

Illustration of the Royal Society of Sculptors' Dora House

Inside the Restoration

All About Bricks

Find out how we restored our stand-out brickwork with handmade bricks.

handmade bricks

All About Metal

Discover how the blacksmiths recreated our signature balconies

making the ornate ironwork

All about Wood

Recreating our distinctive door. 

making the door

All about Stone

Carving the capitols.

Carving the stone capitol on the roof

Huge thanks to our funders, members & supporters

The restoration of Dora House in 2022 was made possible thanks to the support of our friends, members and donors, including:

  • Deborah Loeb Brice Donor Advised Fund
  • Mirisch & Lebenheim Charitable Foundation 
  • Garfield Weston Foundation 
  • Foyle Foundation
  • Barrie Roman and Henry Richardson
  • The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea 
  • Heritage of London Trust
  • Katherine Ashton
  • North Street Trust


  •  Woolbeding Charity
  • Paul S Zuckerman
  • Ironmongers’ Foundation
  • Paul & Louise Cooke Endowment
  • The Finnis Scott Foundation 
  • Pennycress Trust
  • Masons Company Charitable Trust 
  • SRO Motorsports Group


Funders logos

Before and After