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Wallpaper Conservation for Manchester by the Sea Residence

Wallpaper Conservation for Manchester by the Sea Residence

Manchester by the Sea
MA

The Zuber wallpaper installed in the dining room at a private residence in Manchester, had stains resulting from roof and gutter leaks at several locations. While most of these areas were near or at the ceiling, they offered a significant interruption to the generally pastel tones of the paper. The...

Wallpaper Conservation for Historic House

Wallpaper Conservation for Historic House

Stoneham
MA

The dinning room at the Whip Hill historic house in Stoneham, MA features french applique wall covering depicting landscape scenes, which had become stained from water and moisture. After dry cleaning spots of obvious contamination, reversible paints were used to blend away the stains for successful wallpaper conservation. 

Church Decoration Disaster Restoration and Conservation After Fire Damage in Sanctuary

Church Decoration Disaster Restoration and Conservation After Fire Damage in Sanctuary

Everett
MA

A fire in the sacristy of the Church of the Immaculate Conception caused extensive smoke damage throughout the sanctuary. The entire space was staged to provide hand contact with all the surfaces from the floor to the sixty foot ceiling. While dry erase sponges completed the cleaning of the wood...

Decorative Plaster Restoration for Water Damaged Library

Decorative Plaster Restoration for Water Damaged Library

Pepperell
MA

As a result of widespread water penetration, portions of the ceilings in three library rooms were in need of extensive decorative plaster restoration and repair. In partnership with Austin Ornamental, Blackburn was able to restore and conserve the complex moldings in three reading rooms of the original 1910 structure. While...

Gold Leaf Restoration for Weathervane and Cupola

Gold Leaf Restoration for Weathervane and Cupola

Belmont
MA

Improper gold leaf application and weather damage resulted in areas of loss to the gilt cupola of this historic building. Blackburn completed the application of gold leaf to the cupola and historic eagle weathervane of this historic building, completing this gold leaf restoration and repair job. While the use of...

Chandelier Conservation and Cleaning for Historic Building Lobby

Chandelier Conservation and Cleaning for Historic Building Lobby

Springfield
MA

The large crystal and brass chandelier had adorned the entrance lobby at Mass Mutual since the 1920s. This unique chandelier was constructed using three iron discs with holes drilled to secure 172 large clear glass sunbursts. A very heavy fixture, weighing close to five hundred pounds with its crystals, this...

Wallpaper Conservation at the Breakers House Museum

Wallpaper Conservation at the Breakers House Museum

Newport
RI

The silver-backed dining room fireplace wallpaper surround had been severely damaged by long term water infiltration. After repairs to the chimney flashing were completed, we were asked to consolidate and repair the damaged areas. After wallpaper cleaning and the removal of compromised design elements from the entire surround, a layer...

Architectural Wood Restoration for the Historic Quincy Homestead

Architectural Wood Restoration for the Historic Quincy Homestead

Quincy
MA

The revised interpretation of the 1684 kitchen required an examination of what the original surfaces would have looked like. It has been fairly well-documented that original seventeenth and eighteenth century floors were not varnished. Varnish was not available and shellac would have been too expensive. To create a more authentic...

Decorative Plaster and Metal Finish Restoration for Courthouse

Decorative Plaster and Metal Finish Restoration for Courthouse

New Haven
CT

As part of a renovation of this Federal courtroom, we were asked to perform gilt and decorative plaster restoration for the ceiling and niches. We started work on the ceiling. One of the challenges was to match the gold paint that had been used during the last renovation. With some...

Ornamental Metalwork Conservation for Federal Courthouse

Ornamental Metalwork Conservation for Federal Courthouse

Salem
MA

In the renovation of this late nineteenth century courthouse, it was decided to conserve and restore the faux finished ornamental grillwork and stairs that provided access to the basement and second floor. The structure was steel, faux finished to look like patinated bronze. The first step to this metal finish...

Wood Finish Conservation for the Church of the Advent

Wood Finish Conservation for the Church of the Advent

Boston
MA

Designed in 1878 by architect John Hubbard Sturgis, the Church of the Advent is a prominent example of the English gothic revival style. Blackburn was asked to clean and conserve the delicately carved woodwork and polychrome sculpture of the Lady Chapel completed by the renowned master...

Decorative Plaster Restoration for Church Interior

Decorative Plaster Restoration for Church Interior

Allston
MA

Due to inappropriate banner hanging, side of a column capital in the sanctuary of Our Lady of Padua had cracked and fallen to the floor below.  There were 50 pieces and reconstruction seemed impossible. As replication would be expensive, Blackburn opted to attempt reconstruction of the...

Decorative Paint Restoration at the Fairhaven Unitarian Church

Decorative Paint Restoration at the Fairhaven Unitarian Church

Fairhaven
MA

The Gothic Revival Unitarian Church, designed by Charles Brigham, contains a series of very sophisticated wall stencils made to imitate silk fabric.  Located in the Lady’s Parlor, now the Church Office, water infiltration had dampened the plaster and caused the decorative paint on the walls to...

Wood Finish Conservation and Water Damage Repair at University Fraternity House

Wood Finish Conservation and Water Damage Repair at University Fraternity House

Boston
MA

Designed by McKim, Mead, and White, the Chi Phi fraternity house sustained interior damage when a burst sprinkler allowed water to penetrate the walls and paneling of the mansion’s historic interior. Blackburn was asked to clean, conserve and repair the historic finishes in...

Restoration of Nantucket Town Seal

Restoration of Nantucket Town Seal

Nantucket
MA

  Located on the Academy Hill School building, the seal of Nantucket had suffered from considerable neglect, owing to its location on the pediment above the third floor.  A portion of the center had been worked loose by the wind and...

Historic Finish Conservation and Restoration at Castle in the Clouds House Museum

Historic Finish Conservation and Restoration at Castle in the Clouds House Museum

Moultonborough
NH

Completed in 1914, Lucknow, also known as the Castle in the Clouds, is a unique example of the American Arts and Crafts movement. In addition to its aesthetic attributes, the estate was also outfitted with the latest in domestic technology and home appliances...

Stone Column Restoration at the Grafton Library

Stone Column Restoration at the Grafton Library

Grafton
MA

The sandstone bases of the columns of the circa 1927 Grafton Library had cracked and spauled over the years and had been poorly repaired with inappropriate materials. The first step was to carefully clean all surfaces. Blackburn then removed the earlier patches and replaced them with a...