We sunk the six foot foundations for the Temple in the Georgian Walled Garden in the year 2000.
However, circumstances and a lack of time, meant that we did not commence the build until the pandemic hit the country. This was the first shed / folly that I have attempted to build in stone and so it proved to be a steep learning curve for us.
A mix of architectural styles is incorporated into the building. The edifice is based on a Prostyle, Tetrastyle, Greek Temple. An architrave, frieze and cornice have all been constructed beneath the large pediment, which is itself, pierced by a cast iron oculus.
The ornamental frieze features alternate painted triglyphs and metopes of the Greek Doric order. However we also manufactured and fitted two small gothic tracery windows to the back of the pronaos. To illuminate the interior we inserted four large French balustrade windows into the apteral sides of the structure. Finally a colonnade of Roman Doric columns sits on a stone stylobate, supporting the entablature.
We completed fitting out the interior of the cella earlier this year, installing French antique furniture, classical sculpture and Hellenic period pictures.
Lorna’s monogram features prominently in the cartouche on an antique fretwork pediment we fitted above the door at the rear of the portico.
I was duly honoured when she kindly agreed to cut the ribbon at the “grand opening” of our new Belvidere, (Temple) during recent Clan Gathering celebrations here.