Severs, Dennis

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Severs, Dennis Gender: M
Dennis Lee Severs
born on 16 November 1948 at 20:00 (= 8:00 PM )
Place Escondido, California, 33n07, 117w05
Timezone PDT h7w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
News report
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 24°41' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 28°54 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 00°24'

Dennis Severs (His famous house)
photo: ceridwen, license cc-by-sa-2.0


American Anglophile expatriate and museum curator whose house in Folgate Street, London is a "still-life drama" which he created as a "historical imagination" of what life would have been like inside for a family of Huguenot silk weavers. It is a Grade II listed Georgian terraced house in Spitalfields in the East End, Central London, England. From 1979 to 1999 it was lived in by Severs, who gradually recreated the rooms as a time capsule in the style of former centuries.

Writer and illustrator Brian Selznick used the house as an inspiration for his 2015 novel The Marvels. The book concludes with a short history and photographs of Severs. Many of the characters names and story lines are similar to the museum. Writer Jeanette Winterson, who also restored a derelict house nearby to live in, observed, "Fashions come and go, but there are permanencies, vulnerable but not forgotten, that Dennis sought to communicate". Painter David Hockney described the house as one of the world's greatest works of opera.

Severs bequeathed the house to the Spitalfields Historic Buildings Trust, an architectural preservation charity, shortly before his death. He died on 27 December 1999 at age 51 from cancer [1]. Dennis Severs' House is now open to the public.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided copy of birth notice, Times-Advocate (Escondido, California), 17 Nov 1948, page 5.


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Aids (HIV+)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Terminal)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Philanthropist
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (USA to England)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Home centered (Renovator)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Gay