House & Family History: Benjamin Latrobe designed Hammerwood as a hunting lodge dedicated to Apollo, circa 1792. British-born Latrobe later emigrated to the United States, where he launched the Greek Revival style and was one of the architects who worked on the design of the United States Capitol building (his design for the house chamber was acclaimed as "the most beautiful room in America"). In 1814 Latrobe rebuilt the White House, which was burned by the British, who occupied Washington, DC, during the War of 1812. Latrobe's first important work was Hammerwood Park, one of the first Greek Revival style houses built in England. The House was converted into apartments in the 1960s; by the 1970s Hammerwood was owned by the rock group Led Zeppelin; in the 1980s the House was derelict. In 1982 Hammerwood was saved from dereliction by the Pinnegar family.
House Listed: Grade I
Park Listed: Grade II
Current Seat / Home of: Pinnegar family; here since 1982.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home
Ownership Details: Private home of Pinnegar family and a B&B.