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Historic Preservation and Conservation

University of Pennsylvania

Microscopy

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Analysis Of Historic Paints On Woodwork At Andalusia Mansion - Understanding The Period Of Benjamin Latrobe And Thomas Walter, Shuang Wu Jan 2016

Analysis Of Historic Paints On Woodwork At Andalusia Mansion - Understanding The Period Of Benjamin Latrobe And Thomas Walter, Shuang Wu

Theses (Historic Preservation)

This study of architectural finishes is intended to substantiate evidence of physical and material changes to the building by way of paint evidence. It augments existing research, including the recently published 2014 Andalusia Big House Historic Structure Report and the 2014 report on the doors styles of the house by students in the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania, both of which raised questions concerning the evolution and changes in appearance of the building. With the intention of shedding light on changes to the door arrangement, this study specifically examines and compares finishes in the central ...


Victorian Splendor: Analysis Of The Late 19Th Century Decorative Ceiling At Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion In Germantown, Pennsylvania, Johanna Sztokman Jan 2014

Victorian Splendor: Analysis Of The Late 19Th Century Decorative Ceiling At Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion In Germantown, Pennsylvania, Johanna Sztokman

Theses (Historic Preservation)

The decorative ceiling in the Stevenson Bedroom of the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion in Philadelphia is one of the most outstanding examples of post-Centennial ornamental designs. The exotic, stylized, geometric pattern of the ceiling illustrates ideals set forth during the Centennial International Exhibition, held in Philadelphia in 1876, and emphasizes Victorians’ predisposition to live à la mode. However, as a result of harsh treatment conducted in the 1970’s and ‘80s and damaging environmental conditions, the ceiling design only partially remains today. This thesis considers an approach for interpreting decorative paintings where the original fabric is altered or missing. It argues ...


Analysis Of Original Finishes Of Jules Bouy's 1930 Interior For The Cosmopolitan Club Of Philadelphia, Elizabeth Natalie Lissy Jan 2013

Analysis Of Original Finishes Of Jules Bouy's 1930 Interior For The Cosmopolitan Club Of Philadelphia, Elizabeth Natalie Lissy

Theses (Historic Preservation)

This research looks at the original finishes of the interior of the Cosmopolitan Club of Philadelphia, an important interior of the Modern age designed in 1930 by interior decorator Jules Bouy. Although the building design has been extensively researched in a 2012 Thesis in Historic Preservation by Sarah Peterson, the interior finishes are not well understood. This research augments Peterson’s study by determining color palettes, painting techniques, and paint types of four of the most important rooms of the Club: the Entry, the Lounge, the Library and the Stair Hall. Relying primarily on the microscopic study of paint cross ...