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 Preservation) sit on the Portico during the ceremony
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 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 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
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 analyzing the paints at Montpelier to ensure the accuracy of the exterior and interior paints (and, eventually, wallpapers).
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