One hundred years after the Cenotaph was first erected as a temporary memorial for the Peace Celebrations after the First World War, the anniversary brought together a group of Lutyens’s admirers in the city of Atlanta, over four thousand miles away. Proof that Lutyens’s legacy lives on and continues to be of interest and impact.
The site for this celebration was the Pink Castle, a home designed by Atlanta architect Philip Trammel Shutze (1890-1982) and originally built for the Calhoun family. The setting was well suited for the Lutyens Trust America. Shutze’s lifetime overlapped chronologically with Lutyens and Weaver’s book on Lutyens was among the contents of Shutze’s library.
Thank you to Melanie Turner and Stan Benecki for sharing their home with us for the evening.
Thank you also to Harrison Design for being one of our sponsors for the event.
The evening focused on Lutyens’s design of the Cenotaph but also served as a Remembrance Day for the sacrifices made during the First World War. As a member of the War Graves Commission, as well as for many of his previous patrons, Lutyens designed a thousand or more memorials for those lost in the First World War.
Food for the event was British themed with mini-steak and mushroom pies, Chicken Wellington, Yorkshire pudding, and dessert of sticky toffee pudding.
Our speaker for the evening was Dr. Robin H. Prater, the Executive Director of the Lutyens Trust America. After an update on the progress of The Lutyens Trust America over the last eighteen months, Dr. Prater, gave an overview of the events leading to the Cenotaph becoming a permanent memorial of such importance to the British nation.
Thank you to our members for your continued support!