Tenant house at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm undergoes paint analysis
October 20, 2011
Historic New England recently completed paint analysis of the kitchen and parlor at the tenant house at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm. Known as the Stekionis House in honor of the last tenant family to live in the house, the building is undergoing preservation and conservation work in preparation for its opening to the public in 2012.
A consultant specializing in historic paints visited the site and removed samples from the interior woodwork. These samples were brought to a conservation lab for analysis, which provided detailed information on existing and historic paint colors and types. This information will ensure that the most accurate representation of the interior is presented to the public. Additional information derived from the analysis will also shed light on the evolution of the interior. Staff can compare the paint sequences of mantles, doors, and millwork for relative dating. This information informs additional research related to the overall evolution of the building and the site as a whole.
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