Ruskin Park Shelter Restored
Shelter with 18th century origins in 20th century park
The Grade II listed shelter is made up of material salvaged from one of eight 18th century houses which used to face Denmark Hill. These grand houses were demolished, and their grounds incorporated into the new park which opened in 1907.
Years of decline led to the Portico Shelter being added to the Heritage at Risk Register in 2005. It had become almost a ruin: overgrown with wisteria, and boarded up to prevent vandalism.
Repairs to the shelter give new lease of life
A partnership between Historic England, Lambeth Council, Heritage of London Trust as well as Friends of Ruskin Park has enabled the shelter's restoration.
A grant of £87,000 from Historic England has gone towards extensive works including brickwork repairs and repointing, new lime render, repairs to the roof, doors, floor and windows, extensive joinery repairs and redecoration.
Now that the work's nearly complete, it's our aim to remove the Portico Shelter from the Heritage at Risk Register. We're looking forward to seeing it once again enjoyed by everybody visiting Ruskin Park.
The Heritage at Risk Register
Thirty-two entries have been removed from the Heritage at Risk Register in London this past year, like the shelter. These successes bring to life the history of each site, as well as the stories of those who have worked tirelessly to rescue them.
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