Peter Stokes Restoration Award
Glanmore National Historic Site Restoration Project Honoured
The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario (ACO) has awarded the Peter Stokes Restoration Award (Corporate) to the City of Belleville’s Glanmore National Historic Site. The ACO intends this award to recognize “those responsible for the exemplary restoration of significant heritage structures, undertaken in accordance with the accepted policies and practices of heritage conservation in Ontario.”
In 2012, the most advanced restoration technology was applied to conserve Glanmore’s ornate moulded and painted plaster ceilings in the double drawing room, dining and reception rooms.
The plaster consolidation project began with the removal of all artifacts and wrapping of mantels and staircase. Workers installed a scaffolding system using hundreds of cushioned mini-jacks to support the fragile ceiling plaster while the plaster mouldings and hand-painted frieze were cleaned and the paint surface stabilized using Funori. Funori, a seaweed extract, has been used in art conservation for the consolidation of powdery matte surfaces but this was the first time it was applied to plaster ceilings.
Following stabilization of paint surfaces a resin consolidant was used to reattach the ceiling plaster to the lath. The project was a successful collaboration between staff at Glanmore National Historic Site, fine art conservator Ian Hodkinson, founder of Queen’s University Masters of Art Conservation program, and the expertise of Historic Plaster Conservation Services of Port Hope.
“We are thrilled to be recognized for this innovative project which would not have been possible without funding from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund, the City of Belleville and the Parrott Foundation. It was a very challenging project to manage and the results really exceeded our expectations,” says Rona Rustige, curator.
Staff from Glanmore will be attending the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario awards ceremony and dinner which will be held at Osgoode Hall in Toronto on November 4, 2016.