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Wallpaper at James Madison’s Montpelier

This week I have the awesome opportunity to work on the restoration of Montpelier. The project is part of the $1.5 million second phase to restore the Madison home to the way it would have looked when James and Dolley Madison retired from Washington after his presidency ended in 1817.

I am working installing paper in James Madison’s Study/Office. Montpelier staff and officials spent months researching what type of wallpaper to put in the room. More photos and video to come soon!

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  • Bonni Neff February 16, 2012, 4:03 pm

    This paper looks like it is ment to represent a lime plaster or scumble finish.
    These are both authentic finishes for the time, why wasn’t that used?

  • Patrick Shields February 17, 2012, 2:04 am

    The white you see is the installed liner paper. The brown is scratch coat. The wallpaper is installed directly onto the plaster. Thanks for reading my blog!

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