Before & After ~ Restored Historic Paint Scheme.

Before & After ~ Restored to its historic paint scheme. This Gothic Revival house in Brunswick, Maine was repainted in its historic colors based on microscopic paint analysis done by Sutherland Conservation & Consulting.

The 1848 house was designed by architect Gervase Wheeler. The design was published in Andrew Jackson Downing’s influential 1850 book “The Architecture of Country Houses,” popularizing the Gothic Revival style.

Small samples of paints containing all the layers and a fragment of the underlying wood were taken from a number of locations on the building. These were cast in resin cubes and polished to expose all the layers of paint on the wood.

Under a microscope at 100x to 400x magnification, it is possible to clearly see each layer of paint and even the individual grains of pigment. Different light types (UV, Ultraviolet) help identify paint components as they fluoresce differently.

Authentic paint colors allow a house to be seen and understood as originally intended.

Gothic Revival is one of 25 historic architectural styles described and illustrated in Chapter 2 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

The award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book is available in bookstores nationwide and from online retailers.

Signed and personalized copies are available directly from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

Our shop also carries other select preservation and restoration titles. Save with our multi-book combo packs!

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