About Us


Blackburn Building Conservation LLC is a three-generation family firm dedicated to the restoration and conservation of historic buildings. Since 1936, we have sought to continue the vitality of historic structures and the decorative elements that define them.

We offer comprehensive preservation services for institutional, commercial and residential projects. Operating throughout the Northeast, Blackburn has completed major projects at some of the nation’s most important historic sites including the Breakers in Newport RI, the Old South Meetinghouse in Boston, MA, Tudor Place in Washington, DC and Wilderstein in Rhinebeck, NY.

Our work is executed in accordance with generally accepted preservation guidelines, such as those identified in The Code of Ethics and The Guidelines for Practice of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works, as well as the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. Our approach is based on extensive knowledge and research.


TED EAYRS developed an interest in historic preservation during the 1960’s while working with F.E. Eayrs & Son, and antique and architectural firm founded by his father in 1936. After receiving a M.A. in Art History from the University of Michigan, he worked for the Detroit Historical Society and later as Director of Properties for the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (now Historic New England). In 1978, he assumed control of Blackburn Building Conservation, LLC and has completed preservation projects at some of the country's most well know historic sites including the Breakers in Newport, RI, the State House in Boston, MA and Tudor Place in Washington, DC.

WALTER EAYRS was exposed to historic preservation and an early age through his father and grandfather. He received his B.A. in American History from the University of New Hampshire, and an M.A. in Architectural History from the University of Virginia. At UVA, he served as a Curatorial Assistant for Thomas Jefferson's Academical Village, assisting on the restoration of the Student Rooms and Pavilion VII. After completing his degree, Walter gained a background in historic site management working as the curator for the Brookline Historical Society in Brookline, MA.  In 2001, he became a partner at Blackburn Building Conservation and has implemented and supervised preservation projects throughout the northeast including, the Old South Meetinghouse in Boston, Massachusetts and Wilderstein Historic Site in Rhinebeck, NY.


Ivana van Hengel Bunatova - A native of the Czech Republic, Ivana received her BA in Restoration and Decorative Studies from the University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth UK in 2006.  After completing her degree, she relocated to the US and gained practical experience in the conservation of gilded and painted objects working at Harvard Art Conservation Studio.  Since joining Blackburn Building Conservation in 2009, Ivana has implemeted architectural conservation treatments at Gore Place in Waltham, Ma and Wilderstein in Rhinebeck, NY.    



*National Trust for Historic Preservation
*Association for Preservation Technology
*Preservation Trades Network
*American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
*Preservation Mass
*Preserve Rhode Island
*Maine Preservation
*Maryland Historic Trust
*Victorian Society
*Preservation Society of Newport County
*Historic New England



  • "A Kitchen Case Study: Tudor Place," Traditional Building Conference. Baltimore, MD. Oct 24 2009
  • "Caring for Historic Wood and Painted Finishes, "Traditional Building Conference. Boston, MA March, 2009 & March 2008
  • "The Conservation of Historic Wood Finishes," Preservation Trades Workshop. Frederick, MD Oct 2008
  • "Preserving Finishes with Traditional Methods and Materials."Casey Farm Workshop - Preservation Trades Network June 2006
  • "Historic Colors in Building Conservation," Preservation Alliance - University of Virginia School of Architecture, 2001
  • "Alfred G Vanderbilt's Road Coach Venture," The Carriage Journal, Vol. 34 Number 1, 1996
  • "Coaching in Newport" Preservation Society of Newport County, 2003
  • "Restoring the Trompe L'oeil Murals at First Parish," Rededication of the First Church Sanctuary, Bridgewater MA 1993
  • "Pease be Seated: American Chairs 1600-1900," Presented to St. Georges School, Middletown, RI