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Tudor Place Foundation, Inc. (Washington, DC 20007-2924)
Erin Kuykendall (Project Director: May 2014 to December 2016)
Grant Quertermous (Project Director: December 2016 to present)

Tudor Place Historic Lighting Devices Assessment

A conservation assessment and preparation of treatment proposals for 23 18th- and 19th- century lighting devices in the National Historic Landmark Tudor Place, once the home of Thomas Peter, a prominent Georgetown businessman and landowner, and Martha Parke Custis Peter, granddaughter of Martha Washington. Six generations of the Peter family lived in Tudor Place, which was built in 1816. Today, it functions as a historic house museum with collections of decorative arts and domestic furnishings that are used to interpret the social, political, economic, and material history of Georgetown and the Federal City.  The collection of lighting devices includes chandeliers, gasoliers, candlesticks, chamber sticks, and lanterns.

We seek to assess a select array of significant 18th - 20th-century lighting devices in the Tudor Place collection, from chambersticks and candelabra to gasoliers and electrified chandeliers. With over 100 examples, the lighting collection showcases technological evolution in American homes, beginning in the late 18th century and the work of domestic laborers to maintain these functional and decorative devices. The assessment of 23 objects is sought in advance of a major restoration of the National Historic Landmark house, which will feature ceiling fixtures in newly interpreted spaces. In this project, a conservator will complete condition assessments, establish treatment priorities, re-house or re-install objects, perform minimal conservation, and develop in-depth treatment proposals for more complex projects in consultation with collections staff. The completed condition assessments will determine which lighting instruments require complex conservation and reinstallation.

Project fields:
Arts, Other; Cultural History; U.S. History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2015 – 9/30/2016