Summer Lecture & Luncheon

A highly anticipated, sold-out event, every year the NPT Summer Lecture & Luncheon features a leader from the fields of architecture, preservation, landscape design or interior design whose work contributes to the preservation of our shared historic heritage. Our lecture is followed by a leisurely luncheon in a lovely setting. Past locations have included the Great Harbor Yacht Club and the Chanticleer Restaurant in Sconset.

Due to public health concerns, NPT has rescheduled our 2020 Summer Lecture & Luncheon to August of 2021.

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Thursday, August 19, 2021
NPT Summer Lecture and Luncheon with Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill
Preserving our Heritage with Sympathetic Restoration of Historic Homes

Bringing a historic home into the 21st century presents a web of challenges to negotiate, balancing respect for the historic fabric of a home and the need for the amenities and technologies of modern life. As an interior designer, Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill has taken on these challenges for countless historic projects in the United Kingdom and worldwide, where she has negotiated the requirements of preservation authorities and the desires of her clients. As the steward of Blenheim Palace, Lady Henrietta has negotiated these challenges within the territory of her family’s ancestral home. This lecture will focus on the importance of preserving the heritage of historic homes for future generations, whether in public or private hands, with a special look at the work of talented craftspeople who contribute to preservation.

Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill is a leading British interior designer. Her company, Spencer-Churchill Designs, specializes in residential projects and has worked worldwide. Her work on historic properties has included restoration efforts at her family’s estate, Blenheim Palace, in Oxfordshire. She is a member of the British Institute of Interior Design and a past president of the UK chapter of the International Interior Design Association. She is an advisory board member of the New York School of Interior Design and teaches there and in London. As an author, she has published eleven books, most recently The Life of the House: How Rooms Evolve (Rizzoli) in 2012. For more information, visit

Past lecturers Include:

  • 2019    Paula Henderson
  • 2018    Gil Schafer
  • 2017    Brent Hull
  • 2016    Flynn Kuhnert and Hutton Wilkinson
  • 2015    Dr. Ann Johnson
  • 2014   Peter Pennoyer and Ann Walker
  • 2013   Gil Schafer
  • 2012   Marty Hylton
  • 2011   Sharon N. Lorenzo
  • 2010   Myrick Howard
  • 2009   Brian Pfeiffer
  • 2008   Howard Mansfield
  • 2007   Paul Goldberger