Original to the room, the pine floor has years of accumulated finishes which are not original to the Washington era and some areas are in need of refastening. As part of the restoration process, the floorboards will be cleaned and re-secured, so as to restore it to the condition in the Washington era.
Due to moisture from both wind driven rain and infiltration from above the room, there is water damage to the ceiling, walls, wood trim elements and wallpaper. The restoration will include investigation and mitigation of this problem.
The architectural finishes applied during the last renovation in the early 1980s were based on documentary research and paint evidence found in the room. Advances in paint analysis technology and a deeper look into documentary evidence for the room’s finishes may reveal new information that will help us create a more accurate restoration.