Studies and Reports

Review of Evidence for Whitewashing the Portico Columns

(click on title to download PDF)

A summary of the evidence collected from fragments of the Montpelier Portico that were found archaeologically. Dr. Susan Buck undertook two rounds of investigation on the fragments and found evidence for multiple generations of whitewashing campaigns, providing evidence that the columns were whitewashed during Madison’s lifetime. An appendix with Buck’s analysis reports is included.

written by Gardiner Hallock (11/2007)

Finishes for 18th- and Early 19th-Century Fences

(click on title for link to the web page)

A report documenting how tar, white wash and linseed oil paint were used to finish picket fences during Montpelier’s restoration period.

written by Gardiner Hallock (11/2007).

Red Wash Color Matching and Texture/Thickness Specifications

(click on title to go to the web page)

written by Gardiner Hallock (10/2007).

Montpelier Mansion Red Wash Report

(click on title to download pdf)

A summary of the evidence for a lime-based red wash on the exterior of the Montpelier Mansion during James Madison’s ownership.

Written by Gardiner Hallock (8/2006).

Analysis of Red Washes in the Montpelier Region

(click on title to go to new page)

A summary of Dr. Susan Buck’s investigation of red wash samples taken from historic dwellings in the region surrounding Montpelier with links to pdfs of the original analysis.

Written by Gardiner Hallock (10/2007).

James Madison’s Montpelier Interior Paint Study

(because this is such a large PDF we have posted it in two sections – part one and part two. Please be patient as they may take some time to load.)

An extensive investigation of the Montpelier Mansion’s interior paints, washes and wallpapers.

Written by Dr. Susan Buck and Natasha Loeblich (7/2007). Funded by a generous grant from the Getty Foundation.

Montpelier Exterior Paint and Washes Report

(because this is such a large PDF we have posted it in two sections – part one and part two. Please be patient as they may take some time to load.)

Written by Dr. Susan Buck (12/2004)

Paint Colors Used in the Restoration

Written by Gardiner Hallock (11/2008 )

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