JAIC 1981, Volume 20, Number 2, Article 9 (pp. 111 to 115)
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JAIC 1981, Volume 20, Number 2, Article 9 (pp. 111 to 115)

THE IN SITU TREATMENT OF THE WALLPAPER IN THE STUDY OF THE LONGFELLOW NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE

Thomas K. McClintock



2 DESCRIPTION

The study of Longfellow House was originally used as a parlor and is on the first floor in the southeast corner of the house off of the entry hall. Three of the walls are covered with a wallpaper painted one shade of brown and the fourth wall is covered with wooden paneling painted white. Along the top of each wall is a wooden cornice and along the base is a wooden chair rail, both painted white. There are two exterior walls with windows and two interior walls with doorways. A total surface area of approximately 240 square feet was covered by wallpaper. The wallpaper is made up of two layers, a thicker wove paper on the outside adhered to a thinner wove paper. This was installed in 1869 over bare plaster and remnants of a block-printed wallpaper, crica 1843, and painted dark brown. At this time strips of bamboo were nailed around the edges to give the room a flavor of the Orient. In 1945 the paper was painted a lighter brown.

Curtains hang from metal bars above the window frames. Against the walls rests furniture; hanging from the walls are several framed items. There is one heating duct on the floor, and ultraviolet light absorbing plexiglas covers all of the windows.


Copyright 1981 American Institute of Historic and Artistic Works