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Making Otis House sparkle

January 24, 2014

Vacuuming moldings
Registrar Megan MacNeil vacuums the ceiling moldings during a recent collections team visit to Otis House.

Visit Otis House this month to see the Federal-era mansion at its sparkling best.

Members of Historic New England's collection services team recently spent two days completing a deep clean and assessment of Otis House. Conservators cleaned and waxed woodwork, touched up scuffs and scratches on furniture, painted in finish loss on objects, and completed other in situ conservation treatments.

The entire team washed the collection of ceramic and glass objects in the house, polished silver candlesticks, vacuumed textiles, and took down large draperies for vacuuming and washing. They also thoroughly dusted and vacuumed the entire house. 

The collection services team regularly conducts Targeted Team Outings, partnering with museum staff to focus on a particular Historic New England site. These outings are spent cleaning the house from top to bottom and addressing collections issues as they arise. 

Previous outings have occurred at Marrett House, Rundlet-May House, Coffin HouseBarrett House, Gilman Garrison House, and Gropius House. Next, the team kicks off the spring season at Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House.

Located in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood, Otis House is open for tours year-round Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Plan your visit.

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Making Otis House sparkle