My first-hand experience allows you to learn from a pro.
I was the historic consultant on the rehabilitation of a former Victorian hotel being rehabilitated for affordable senior housing. The hotel dining room, shown here, would be the residents’ common space.
The Gerald Hotel opened in 1900 and was famous for its highly ornamented interior. It later spent decades as a furniture store. As originally decorated by Boston decorator Harry C. Aikens, the dining room was a warm and bright space, a character wholly lost over time.
Following documentary research on the room, the firm I worked for took paint samples and analyzed the multiple layers to determine the original color scheme and subsequent treatments.
Here I am working with decorative paint restorers Tony Castro & Company to create a sample area of the restoration treatment for review by the owners. This treatment, duplicating the original red, cream, and gold appearance, was approved, and the room restored to its original appearance.
I wrote “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” to share my 40+ years of first-hand experience in historic preservation with homeowners, who often can’t afford to hire a historic consultant.
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© Scott T. Hanson 2023
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