VIDEO: Historic Wallpaper Installation at The Petersen House, Ford’s Theatre

The Petersen House, Ford’s Theatre, Washington, DC


I just finished working at the Petersen House in Washington DC. It was used as a boarding house in the Civil War. Today, more than 800,000 visitors walk through the Petersen House and Ford’s Theatre every year to see where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated and died.

The Petersen House is a great example of how the middle class decorated their homes during the Civil War era.  All the wallpaper in this historic home are historic reproductions. The fanciest wallpaper was always installed in the foyer and stairwell to impress visitors. The hallway paper is a copy of a French design and slightly old-fashioned for 1865. The parlors used American machine made wallpaper with a more homey feeling.

I really enjoy working on historic homes. It’s where the past becomes real for me.