Conservation Treatment of Historic Wallpapers at Theodore Roosevelt’s Sagamore Hill
Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.
- Theodore Roosevelt
Over the last three years, a great many individuals have worked hard at work worth doing to complete the restoration and rehabilitation of Sagamore Hill, the home of Theodore Roosevelt from 1885 until his death in 1919. Excitement is growing for the grand re-opening of the house on July 12, 2015, and a variety of festivities are planned.
As part of the restoration project, the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) performed conservation treatment on the historic wallpapers in the North Room of the house, working onsite in Oyster Bay, as well as on sections of the wallpaper that were brought to the NEDCC lab in Andover, MA for treatment.
The Sagamore Hill wallpaper treatment project began in 2012 with a site visit to evaluate the condition of the papers. Since a major renovation of the house was to take place, NEDCC conservators returned to remove several panels of wallpaper which were at risk of damage during reconstruction.
In 2014, the panels were brought to NEDCC for treatment. The large sections of embossed paper became a familiar sight in the Paper Conservation Laboratory, as conservators surface cleaned, consolidated media, mended, inpainted losses, and lined the wallpaper for rehanging.
A team of the Center's conservators traveled to Sagamore Hill in the fall of 2014 for a week of onsite treatment, much of the work being accomplished on ladders and staging to reach the highest areas.
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HARD WORK WORTH DOING:
Conservation Treatment of Historic Wallpapers
at Theodore Roosevelt's Sagamore Hill