The Speaker at the next members meeting on 21st March will be the architect David Carrington. David is a partner with architects KDPA who were responsible for the renovation of The Royal Victorian Pavilion which together with the Clock House are probably the two most important buildings in Ramsgate Royal Harbour.
Originally built in 1904 as a concert hall and assembly rooms the strikingly elegant Victorian/Edwardian building bears all the classical hallmarks of the ‘Robert Adam Orangery’ on which it was based. It was opened by HRH Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyle. The building was named after her mother, Queen Victoria who had been a frequent visitor to Ramsgate during her early years. Key elements included replacing the signature curved zinc roof and a succession of oval dormer windows that had long since disappeared. Large scale, classical arched windows that had been blocked up were re-opened and re-glazed in their original format reconnecting the interior with the stunning coastal landscape.
One of our remits as set out in our constitution is : "To encourage high standards of architecture and town planning in Ramsgate."