Preserving a Great Victorian House
The Preservation Society has recently completed a major, multi-million dollar restoration of Chateau-sur-Mer's roof,which protects the treasured woodwork, wallpapers, stencils and furnishings inside.
Click here to read more about the restoration of Chateau-sur-Mer
Restoring a Collapsed Ceiling
In late 2007, a five by seven foot section of weakened plaster fell from the 3rd
floor ceiling of the main staircase at Chateau-sur-Mer and broke into thousands of fragments. The collapsed ceiling included an extension of the Tree of Life that is painted on the backside of the staircase—a free-hand painted lattice interlaced with foliage and the occasional bird and butterfly. The ceiling painting dates to the 1870s renovation of the house by architect Richard Morris Hunt.
Learn more about the efforts to restore the ceiling