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Heurich House Foundation (Washington, DC 20036-1531)
Erika Jean Goergen (Project Director: May 2016 to March 2017)
Rachel Jerome (Project Director: March 2017 to June 2019)
Heurich House Museum Collections Storage Improvement Plan

Consultation with a conservator to develop a collections storage plan for approximately 60 objects—original furnishings, decorative art, and textiles—used to interpret the “Brewmaster’s Castle,” the late-Victorian home of German immigrant, local brewer, and philanthropist Christian Heurich in the Dupont Circle area of Washington, DC.  Building on recommendations from a 2015 collections assessment, the storage plan would allow the house museum to better preserve objects that are original to the Heurich family and more conveniently rotate items between storage and public display.  Collection items are exhibited the way the family used them; displays provide insight into late-Victorian decorating trends and the technical processes companies used to create the artifacts.

This grant will fund the Heurich House Museum's Collections Storage Improvement Plan, which will be created by a professional conservator to improve the preventative conservation and accessibility of collections. The museum is the former home of Christian Heurich (1842-1945) and his family. Heurich was a German immigrant and Washington, DC's most successful brewer; his Christian Heurich Brewing Co. was the largest private employer in the city at the turn of the century. The Heurich family lived in their mansion on New Hampshire Avenue for over fifty years and maintained many of the original furnishings and finishes throughout the house. The materials addressed with this grant include Oriental and Persian rugs, settees, chairs, painted murals, lighting fixtures and other decorative pieces that illustrate popular styles and craftsmanship during the late-Victorian period and interpret the history of the Heurich family.

Project fields:
American Studies; Arts, Other; U.S. History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

$5,995 (approved)
$5,995 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2017 – 6/30/2018