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Conservation work at Lyman Estate

Conservators at work on Lyman Estate chandelier
Conservation work on lighting fixtures from the Lyman Estate in Waltham, Mass.

Boston – Historic New England Associate Conservator Michaela Neiro and Mellon Fellow Gretchen Guidess, have de-installed and disassembled the crystal chandelier and other lighting fixtures from the ballroom, parlor, and entryway at the Lyman Estate in Waltham, Massachusetts. Everything has been labeled, cleaned, and re-wired at Historic New England’s conservation lab in Haverhill. Staff are using photos taken in 1884 to recreate the decorative crystal pattern of the chandelier from the ballroom, one of the most ornate of the fixtures undergoing conservation.

This project is one of many Historic New England is undertaking in preparation for the reopening of the Lyman Estate. When the functions business resumes operations in 2012, the mansion will once again bustle with caterers and meeting planners, and staff will again welcome wedding parties, family reunions, and businesses hosting meetings and events. Visit to learn more about the Lyman Estate.

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Conservation work at Lyman Estate