Montpelier Restoration Update 9/17/2008

The Grand Opening!

The weather for the Grand Opening turned out to be perfect and everyone, including the 2600 elementary school children who made up the living flag had a great time. Below are a few pictures from the event (including a few of the principle people involved with the restoration).


Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Samuel Alito and Richard Moe (President of the National Trust for Historic Preservaiton) sit on the Portico during the ceremony
Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Samuel Alito and Richard Moe (President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation) sit on the Portico during the ceremony

Looking out over the crowd and towards the elementary school childern as they form the US flag
Looking out over the crowd and towards the elementary school children as they form the US flag

John Jeanes (Director of Restoration), Mark Wenger (lead architectural historian/architect) and their wives site next to Carolyn Quinn (on left) during the ceramony
John Jeanes (Director of Restoration), Mark Wenger (lead architectural historian/architect) and their wives sit next to Carolyn Quinn (on left) during the ceremony

Mark Wenger, shown above, has been working at Montpelier for eight years now, first helping to lead up the intitial investigation project and then working with the architectural firm (MCWB) as the lead architectural historian and on-site guru.
Mark Wenger, shown above, has been working at Montpelier for eight years now, first helping to lead up the initial investigation project and then working with the architectural firm (MCWB) as the lead architectural historian and on-site guru.

Calder Loth (VA Department of Historic Resources) and Bill Bieswanger (Monticello), who are both members of the Montpelier Restoration Advisory Board stand with Bob Self from Monticello
Calder Loth (VA Department of Historic Resources) and Bill Bieswanger (Monticello), who are both members of the Montpelier Restoration Advisory Board stand with Bob Self from Monticello

Members of the architectural team from Mesic, Cohen, Wilson and Baker stand in front of the Portico.  Also pictured is Nick Artium (center) from the Fire Safety Network.
Members of the architectural team from Mesic, Cohen, Wilson and Baker stand in front of the Portico. Also pictured is Nick Artium (center) from the Fire Safety Network.

Paint Conservators Dr. Susan Buck and Natasha Loeblich.  Both Susan and Natasha spent countless hours sampling and analyizing the paints at Montpelier to ensure the accuracy of the exterior and interior paints (and, eventually, wallpapers).
Paint Conservators Dr. Susan Buck and Natasha Loeblich. Both Susan and Natasha spent countless hours sampling and analyzing the paints at Montpelier to ensure the accuracy of the exterior and interior paints (and, eventually, wallpapers).

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2 Responses to Montpelier Restoration Update 9/17/2008

  1. At last the restoration of the building is completed! We’ve been following the progress since the Montpelier Foundation took charge of the elephant as the mapping was underway. Because the project excites us we visit twice a year to check progress. An eight hour trip means we can’t call more often. Since the updates are our lifeline to Montpelier when we can’t be there we look forward to each additional one. We enjoyed seeing pictures od the well earned celebration, but could we we have a picture or two of a finished project, maybe the front steps, a carpeted room or two, a basement door hung. We know there is furnishing to be done, but we want to continue with updates of progress of any sort. Thanks

  2. Charlotte,

    Your exactly right and I’ll post some photos of the finished rooms next week. Check this week’s blog and you should also see a nice image of Montpelier’s West Facade. I’ll post another image of the front next week that also includes the great new fence. I believe the Montpelier foundation will also continue to update this blog, or a similar one, that will keep everyone updated with the progress of the interior furnishings project.

    Take care and thanks again for all the support,

    Gardiner

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