Exciting work continues here at the Study as our conservators, Brian Fick and Mary Yeager from Acanthus Arts in Indianapolis, uncover and restore more incredible decorative paint inside the historic building’s dome.
Brian is spending his day 30 feet in the air, uncovering layer by layer of paint to get to the original design, described by Ella Kostanzer in 1900 as the “implements of war.” So far, he’s uncovered a beautiful musical motif in the corner, featuring a drum flanked by skin-covered mallets, with a fife and sheets of music behind, accented with laurel leaves. We believe there might be musical scenes in each of the corners, with more military-themed decoration along the sides of the dome. Here’s a progression of the work so far:
We’ll continue to update as the restoration progresses. Many thanks to the Montgomery County Community Foundation for providing the funds for this fascinating project!