Patrick and Joan Leigh Fermor donated their home to the Benaki Museum expressing the desire that it is used for the purposes of the Museum, hosts researchers, and remains open to the public. Their legacy is one of the most important donations that the Benaki Museum has received in recent decades and its development and operation have been paramount among the Museum’s priorities.
Thanks to a significant grantby the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and also thanks to the project’s enthusiastic supporters, necessary repairs have now been completed. Currently, the Patrick & Joan Leigh Fermor House is ready to host important scholars and artists and function as an educational centre with the cooperation of international academic institutions. Princeton University was the first academic institution that was hosted at the Leigh Fermor House.