Demolition and restoration

Join us to discover the fate of some of the lost houses of Yorkshire and find out more about how Frank Green created Treasurer’s House in a display throughout the mansion.

Re-imagining Treasurer's House

Despite its place in York's skyline the residence that now stands on the site of Treasurer's House is not the very same one that existed even 200 years before. Under the ambitious instruction of Mr Frank Green the house took on a new face. 
Whilst the great and good of Yorkshire were sacrificing their estates under the pressure of a changing society, Frank was resurrecting and in some cases re-imagining a new fresh construct of his own design.

Three became one 

Although many people have lived in Treasurer’s House, it was Frank Green who most shaped the space you can see and explore today. He had the wealth to indulge his passions for travel and collecting antiquities and created his version of a historic house. In the late 1800s he bought three separate buildings and set-to creating the house you see today.
Treasurer’s House became a show piece for Frank's furniture, objects, art and historical knowledge, but it also expressed Frank’s interest in preserving the history of the city of York.
" One cannot recreate old houses, they must either grow or be what they are... Everything here is usable and used."
- Frank Green in a letter to the National Trust, 1916

The contradictory Mr Frank Green

Many of Frank’s changes were based on historical evidence, but not all. Some were from an imagined history - what he thought ought to have been in a house such as this, rather than what actually was. 
Throughout the mansion, uncover the story behind the house and see which parts were knocked down and which rooms were repurposed. Find out more about the man who wanted to create a home not a museum and see if you think he succeeded. 

The lost houses of Yorkshire 

In 1955 one major house was lost for every day of the year and Yorkshire suffered the biggest loss of any county in the United Kingdom. Treasurer’s House was one of the lucky survivors thanks to Frank.
Step into the house and uncover the fate of some of the late great Yorkshire properties and learn more about the reasons for the decline of the country house and of the advocates of its place in Britain’s history- pioneers such as the National Trust and English Heritage. See how by investing in the past they facilitated the protection of special places far into the future.
Bell Vue was another lost Yorkshire property
A photograph of Bell Vue a lost Yorkshire property
Bell Vue was another lost Yorkshire property

Little cinema

An extra addition to the demolition and restoration displays is a short film created by the team from the Yorkshrie film archives. Head upstairs to the little cinema and sit down for a few minutes where you will be transported to a bygone era through cars and fashions. See the then Lord Mayor of York arriving at Treasurer's House and other iconic buildings in the city centre.

Your day

Take your time strolling around the house and its picturesque surroundings in the heart of York. If all that talk of demolition has worked up your appetite why not join us downstairs in the recently refurbished café for a spot of tea and peruse of the seasonal menu.
Then complete your day with a visit to the shop which resides below stairs or take a short walk around the corner to our the National Trust shop on Goodramgate, looking out on York Minster, for a wider selection of gifts and treats.