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The goal of the restoration is to apply the most recent scholarly and scientific discoveries about the room, its furnishings, and our understanding of the room’s function during Washington’s lifetime. In addition to cleaning and repairs, we will conduct paint analysis to refine our understanding of the colors used in the room. We will reexamine the wallpaper fragments and hardware original to the room as well as research the furniture and artwork Washington used to outfit the space. In other words, we are reassessing the New Room from top to bottom in order to share the most up-to-date interpretation with our visitors.
While the room is empty (or filled with scaffolding), we are documenting our work on our Tumblr blog in order provide a peek behind the scenes at the work of architectural historians, conservators, curators, and many others. We are also maintaining a Facebook page and Twitter feed (@MVnewroom), where you just might hear from the room itself.
It took Washington more than a decade to complete the addition of the New Room to the mansion—please join us as we spend the next year repairing, restoring, and researching this important room at Mount Vernon.