The first restoration phase of Fairfax House took place over 30 years ago. Today, however, there is still much important work to be done to safeguard this irreplaceable house and collection for the future and to take it forward rightly as the finest Georgian townhouse in England.
Fairfax House relies on admission fees to support its work but these alone are not enough to undertake the special projects that give life to this important heritage site and ensure that it can grow and be enjoyed by future generations.
Giving a gift, no matter how large or small, will make a vital difference. A gift could go towards on-going restoration and preservation projects, conservation of the collection, the acquisition of objects or special projects related to education, interpretation, and outreach work.
Every penny will go directly towards caring for Fairfax House and we will not spend any of it on general administration costs or our day-to-day overheads.
The finest Georgian Townhouse in England
Fairfax House was originally the winter home of Viscount Fairfax and his daughter Anne. Its richly decorated interiors and magnificent stucco ceilings make it a masterpiece of Georgian design and architecture.
Today a Georgian townhouse museum, Fairfax House uses its unique architectural features, important York city-centre townhouse setting, and outstanding collections and archival resources, to explore the world of Georgian urban life, and reveal the rich eighteenth-century heritage of both the house and city of York.
A beautiful collection of furniture brings the house alive and creates a special feeling of warmth. It evokes a life once lived in comfort and grandeur, vividly recalling a lost world of townhouse-living in the 1760s. The collection also unlocks the door to understanding British craftsmanship, skill and hand-production in a pre-industrial world.
Fairfax House has also developed a reputation for delivering ground-breaking and inspiring exhibitions that explore 18th-century urban life, as well as offering a dynamic programme of events, volunteering and internship projects.
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