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Historic Ornamental Metalwork Conservation for Verizon Building

Historic Ornamental Metalwork Conservation for Verizon Building

Boston
Massachusetts

The Art Deco brass metal ornament on the exterior of the building, although previously coated to resist corrosion, had deteriorated over time. This resulted in greenish-black deposits on the lower portion of the entrance.  The conservation process began with the removal of this oxidized coating, followed by neutralization of the...

Bronze Door Restoration and Cleaning for Library

Bronze Door Restoration and Cleaning for Library

Cranston
Rhode Island

The William Hall Library, located in the Edgewood section of Cranston, RI, was originally fitted with eight pairs of high quality bronze-framed glass doors.  Over the years, they had become tarnished and worn, with missing screws and nonfunctioning door stops.  We were able to remove the tarnish and white residue from previous...

Wood Finish and Ornamental Plaster Restoration for Historic Dining Room

Wood Finish and Ornamental Plaster Restoration for Historic Dining Room

Rhinebeck
New York

The conservation of the Wilderstein dining room wood paneling and plaster ornament involved dust and soot removal, ailed plaster ornament restoration, and repair of failed wood finishes. The ladder were on part of the ceiling and were damaged by a radiator failure. Since the original finish on much of the...

Historic Oak Paneling Conservation for Pell Mansion

Historic Oak Paneling Conservation for Pell Mansion

Newport
Rhode Island

The Pell Mansion, located on Bellevue Avenue in Newport, RI, had been purchased by the Preservation Society of Newport County for use as executive offices. Formerly a private home, the first floor consisted of intersecting corridors of elaborately carved oak panels, which had been purchased in Europe at the time...

Historic Mahogany Wood Doors Restoration for Breakers Interior

Historic Mahogany Wood Doors Restoration for Breakers Interior

Newport
Rhode Island

The finish on the large, heavy mahogany wood doors connecting the first floor rooms of the Breakers had become crazed and dull and needed conservation after over a hundred years of use.  Using a hydraulic table, each door was carefully removed from its hinges and transported to the shop for this wood...

Wood Paneling and Paint Conservation for Meetinghouse

Wood Paneling and Paint Conservation for Meetinghouse

Boston
Massachusetts

Grade changes made to an adjoining T station entrance had diverted water against the exterior wall of the Church. This saturated the brick and mortar, and subsequently the wood paneling and bench seating against the wall. The result was peeling paint and rotting of the bench sills, which led to...

Wood Column Restoration for Library

Wood Column Restoration for Library

Concord
Massachusetts

The wood columns forming the entrance to the Concord Library's main branch had considerable rot on their wooden base moldings, which rested on stone base blocks. The challenge was to replace the moldings without removing the columns. We turned out new bases, divided into four sections and split in half.  We...

Exterior Woodwork Restoration for Historic Tudor Place

Exterior Woodwork Restoration for Historic Tudor Place

Washington
DC

During the replacement of the stucco at Tudor Place, we were called on to perform architectural woodwork conservation services on the facade's exterior wood trim and mouldings, window casings and Temple Portico, which had become rotted and damaged over the years due to weather exposure. After all failed paint had been removed,...

Exterior Woodwork Restoration for Church

Exterior Woodwork Restoration for Church

Bridgewater
Massachusetts

This project involved the exterior column and woodwork restoration of the Greek Revival entrance facade for the First Parish Church in Bridgewater, MA. Our work included epoxy consolidation on the column bases, pilasters and moldings, repair and painting of the facade, and restoration of the three entrance doors.

Historic Wood Window Restoration for Museum

Historic Wood Window Restoration for Museum

Dedham
Massachusetts

The Fairbanks House is well known as the oldest wood frame structure in the United States, dating to 1636.  For this historic wood window restoration project, Blackburn was brought in to conserve and restore the window sash. We were also asked to restore the decorative interior trim work, which had...

Historic Wood Window Restoration for Harvard University

Historic Wood Window Restoration for Harvard University

Cambridge
Massachusetts

This project involved the wood window restoration for Sparks House, on the campus of Harvard University. Built in 1838 and moved to its current location in 1968, the house retained most of its original mahogany windows. Although the majority of the sash could be conserved with dutchman repairs and epoxy...

Wood Window Conservation for Tudor Place

Wood Window Conservation for Tudor Place

Washington
DC

The window sash conservation at the Tudor Place House and Garden was challenging in that we were presented with a variety of window types and conditions. While some of the double hung windows in the main portion of the house had been replaced in the late 19th century, many of the...

Wood Window Restoration for Historic Mansion

Wood Window Restoration for Historic Mansion

Waltham
Massachusetts

The windows at Gore Place are a combination of double and triple hung units with period interior storms and upper level Palladian sash.  This wood window restoration project began with the south elevation windows, which were in an advanced state of deterioration.  Extremes of temperature and wind-driven moisture resulted in...

Wood Window Restoration for Historic Colonial

Wood Window Restoration for Historic Colonial

Medfield
Ma

The historic wood windows of the Dwight Derby house dated from the early 18th Century. The windows, although small, were very fragile, with damage to both the frames and sashes. After carefully removing the paint from each window, the sash were conserved, using epoxy consolidation and dutchman repair where necessary,...

Window Conservation for Historic Office Building

Window Conservation for Historic Office Building

Providence
Rhode Island

This turn of the Century brick office building called the Medical Arts Building was being renovated for office space.  The historic nature of the structure required wood window conservation rather than replacement. In this instance, the project specification called for removal of the interior and exterior finish. After the failed...

Decorative Plaster Restoration for Old Stone Building

Decorative Plaster Restoration for Old Stone Building

Providence
Rhode Island

A series of chronic water leaks had damaged areas of the 50 foot interior plaster dome. Damage ranged from chipped and missing paint to entire sections, which had fallen to the ground. Other sections had eroded to the point of being unrecognizable. The dome required effective decorative plaster restoration. After...

Decorative Plaster Restoration and Repair for Rhode Island Residence

Decorative Plaster Restoration and Repair for Rhode Island Residence

Woonsocket
Rhode Island

A corner of a dining room decorative ceiling in a Victorian Rhode Island residence had lost keying and fallen to the floor. We were able to repair the damage and replace the destroyed moldings through a combination of procedures. First, we replaced the flat base of the ceiling with double layers...

Antique Carriage Conservation -- John Hancock Chariot

Antique Carriage Conservation -- John Hancock Chariot

Quincy
Massachusetts

This carriage originally belonged to John Hancock and was in the possession of the Massachusetts Society of Colonial Dames. It was exhibited at the Dorothy Quincy Homestead in Quincy, Massachusetts. The vehicle had undergone significant change over the years and was finally mounted on sleigh runners in the late nineteenth...

Limestone Altar Conservation for Church

Limestone Altar Conservation for Church

Taunton
Massachusetts

Over time, the altar and reredos had become discolored from the heating system and candle soot. In addition, a water leak through the masonry wall had seriously discolored and spalled the limestone altar. For proper altar conservation, the soot was removed with a stone cleaning solution. The mineral salt deposits...

Historic Wood Paneling Restoration for Brookline Residence

Historic Wood Paneling Restoration for Brookline Residence

Brookline
MA

The mahogany paneled entrance hall of this early twentieth century colonial revival home was undergoing a major renovation. The panel system contained damaged and faded areas, and new mahogany doors and moldings were being added. The original windows were being replaced with new pine casement sash. Our assignment was to...