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Subject: Internship at Park Avenue Armory

Internship at Park Avenue Armory

From: Dean Koga <dkkoga<-at->
Date: Friday, March 19, 2010
Painted Finishes Conservation Internship
Park Avenue Armory

Park Avenue Armory is seeking candidates for second year and
post-graduate internships to perform hands-on conservation work in
two of the Company rooms at the Seventh Regiment Armory, a National
Historic Landmark on Manhattans Upper East Side. Successful
candidates will have a strong background in the conservation and
restoration of painted finishes and demonstrable training in the
removal of overpaints from earlier painted surfaces. A focus on
architectural painted finishes is preferred.

The work will be performed in rooms designed by the firm of Pottier
and Stymus in 1880. To create the elaborate designs of the American
Aesthetic Movement, the designers employed multiple different paints
and metallics, in both stenciled and freehand work. The scope of
work includes the removal of numerous layers of overpaint to expose
the highly significant and unique decorative finishes as well as the
cleaning of some of the decorative finishes on plaster walls and
ceilings. The work will be directly overseen by conservators with
expertise in the formulation and use of solvent gels and other
methods of removing overpaints.

It is anticipated that the work will begin sometime in May and will
last for six to nine months. Candidates with shorter-term
availability will be considered, however preference will be given to
candidates who are available for the entire duration. These are paid
positions and professional training on-site is included.

Park Avenue Armory is a newly launched, not-for-profit arts
organization whose mission is to preserve, restore, and renovate one
of Americas historic treasures and open it to the public as a
cultural center. The Armory, designed by Charles W. Clinton,
contains numerous period rooms by artists such as Louis Comfort
Tiffany, Stanford White, Herter Brothers, Sidney Stratton, and
Pottier and Stymus among others. More information on the Armory
project and photographs are available at the website for the Park
Avenue Armory at <URL:>

Interested individuals should send a letter of interest and resume

    Claudia Kavenagh
    Building Conservation Associates, Inc.
    158 West 27th Street
    New York, NY 10001

Building Conservation Associates is the conservation consultant to
the Park Avenue Armory and will be guiding the effort.

Dean Koga
Director of Technical Services
Building Conservation Associates, Inc.
New York, New York

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