The Historic Preservation & Collections team continually undertakes research and analysis in order to refine our understanding of Mount Vernon’s buildings and landscapes. With your support, this year we will be restoring the Blue Room, guided by exciting new findings about the architecture and furnishings.
This is a significant project in all respects, and we anticipate needing $285,000 to complete the entire undertaking, including the custom reproduction of furnishings. Right now, you can help us complete this project, restoring the Blue Room to its 1799 appearance. We invite you to be part of this historic transformation!
As you know, we receive no state or federal government support of any kind, so we truly depend upon generous individuals to achieve our mission of preserving and interpreting Mount Vernon.
Advanced paint analysis and forensic examination have identified that the c. 1776 mantel in Mount Vernon’s Architectural Study Collection is from the Blue Room, and that it is loosely based on a design from an important eighteenth-century pattern book. After its restoration, the mantel will be reinstalled, returning an original eighteenth-century architectural element to the house.
The Blue Room’s history connects it to three significant moments in the Washingtons’ lives: when George Washington first became the gentleman landowner of Mount Vernon; when Martha Washington became mistress of the house; and years later, when Washington’s status as gentleman, military hero, and national leader was fully established.