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“‘We Are Always in the Power of Workmen’: The Creation, Preservation and Restoration of George Washington’s ‘New Room'”
November 3, 2014 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Part III of the Baltimore’s Great Architecture 2014 Lecture Series: The Archaeology of Interiors, presented by Homewood Museum, Johns Hopkins University.
1 AIA/CES credit available
5:00 p.m. Reception at Homewood Museum
6:00 p.m. Lecture in Gilman Hall 50
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The “New Room” was the last addition George Washington made to his Virginia house, Mount Vernon. The finish of its interior was the only improvement project that Washington personally oversaw, and the story of its decade-long construction reveals Mount Vernon’s strong ties to Maryland. Thomas Reinhart, Mount Vernon’s Deputy Director for Architecture, will discuss many of the new findings that originated from the recently completed 14-month restoration of this magnificent space, and the resulting shift in interpretation from dining room to statement room and picture gallery, in the tradition of grand saloons in 18th-century British country houses.
Image courtesy Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, photograph by Gavin Ashworth