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Before & After ~ Conserved and Restored Decorative Painting

Before & After ~ Conserved and restored decorative painting at Victoria Mansion in Portland, Maine, one of America’s most significant historic house museums. https://victoriamansion.org/

It contains the only surviving intact interior by Gustave Herter including 90% of the original furnishings. I recently was invited to join the museum’s Restoration Committee and was honored to accept.

Original wall and ceiling paintings by the Italian-born artist Giuseppe Guidicini, executed under Herter’s direction, remain in nearly all the rooms. In recent years, the museum has had the decorative painting cleaned, stabilized, and restored in several rooms.

This bathroom with its decoration inspired by ancient Roman wall decoration excavated at Pompeii was perhaps the most damaged. The “after” photo shows what is possible in the hands of experienced conservators.

Where historic decorative painting survives, its preservation should be a high priority. The preservation, restoration, or recreation of these treatments is covered in Chapter 18 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

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

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