Pilgrim Hall Museum

Steinway Library Restoration

The goal of the project was to preserve the finishes in Steinway Library and repair surfaces back to their historic appearance.

BUILDING FACTS

Location: Plymouth, MA
Built: Circa 1824
Original Architect: Alexander Parris
Style: Greek Revival
Status: National Register of Historic Places

SCOPE

The Pilgrim Hall Museum is the oldest public museum in the United States in continuous operation. The goal of the project was to preserve the finishes in Steinway Library and repair surfaces back to their historic appearance. The vaulted ceiling consisted of Gustavino tile that was surveyed and documented. The tiles were conservation cleaned, loose tiles were stabilized in place and damaged tiles repaired. Areas of failing grout were repointed and repaired. The plaster walls were disintegrating and failing from water damage. These areas were consolidated and removed and patched as required.

The floors were terrazzo with a mosaic tile border. Much of the border was damaged and missing. Tiles were matched in kind and reinstalled to provide a cohesive appearance.