Final steps ended on this big, wonderful, and challenging job. When all of the scaffolding, ladders, and painter’s tape was removed, it was such a joy to go through the entryway like it was a part of a house and not a job site. There’s a lovely duet between the size of the project and the jog in the floor plan before the second stairwell that the viewer is carried along almost like the secco fresco is the melody and the combination leaves the viewer somewhat mesmerized and enchanted. Secco fresco is a lovely art form, combing two of the oldest forms, painting and architecture, and is incredibly rare nowadays, but we are very grateful to have been able to preserve some of it.
At the bottom is a video to share the experience for what it’s like walking through this entryway. We are very proud with what we were able to accomplish and with how it looks, and we are thankful for all of the people who helped, and are very thankful for the home owners who allowed us to overtake part of their house for a time. We will miss you, Davenport, Iowa.
A quick update here to show the wow factor with some before and after photographs. Some of the “after” photographs are not true finals, and despite that the transformation is still very impressive. We hope you enjoy these as much as we have in making them. Our current has shifted all the way up to the belvedere. Stay tuned for more…
The local newspaper has a wonderful article on our progress so far at this historical treasure of Davenport, Iowa. You’ll be sure to want to check it out.
Quad-City Times Article
Our progress is ramping up. With the fine detail restoration of all the portraits on the wall we now have some new faces watching us work. We also ran PH tests to learn more about the paint. The tricky stairwell has been attacked above and below, and presents a big canvas for us to try more of our marble painting which has turned out rather well on the leading walls. We are very proud and excited by the results so far, but we also humbly know that we have to turn the corner a few times with a project of this size. Enjoy the photographs and video.
Stay tuned for more…