Breakfast Room Restoration Project

Conservator Ian Hodkinson identified the original location of the picture rail on the breakfast room wall.

The breakfast room underwent structural repairs in early 2013. At that time the lath and plaster in the ceiling was consolidated and ornamental plaster was restored.

Ian Hodkinson, Emeritus Professor of Art Conservation, worked to investigate and determine the original decorative scheme of the room. Through his research, he discovered 11 layers of paint and wallpaper on the breakfast room walls and identified the original paint colour scheme used to decorate the room.

The final stages of the restoration, including reinstating the paint scheme, began in mid-January 2014.

The modern wallpaper was removed from the walls. Underneath, evidence of an early picture rail was discovered. A reproduction picture rail will be installed in the same location.

During work to stabilize the ceiling, wiring for a chandelier was found. Some employees started looking at different chandeliers to use the wiring, and there were some good contenders, however, the museum has acquired a 1880s brass chandelier, from the collection of Dundurn National Historic Site, which will be installed later this year. A reproduction plaster ceiling medallion will also be added.

“The room is going to look dramatically different,” says curator Rona Rustige. The majority of the work should take place this winter and spring. The restoration will be highlighted as part of the International Museums Day celebrations at Glanmore on May 18, 2014.

Restoration of the Breakfast Room was completed in the spring of 2014.