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Paint analysis makes way for new color scheme at Hamilton House

November 17, 2011

Red barn

A recently completed paint analysis at Hamilton House opens the door for drastic but exciting changes to the property's paint palette. The analysis identified all the different colors used over time, but focused particularly on the painting scheme during the early twentieth-century ownership of Emily Tyson and her stepdaughter Elise. The Tysons made many significant changes to the property, such as installing early reproduction wallpaper that still hangs in the house, developing the extensive Colonial Revival garden, moving the barn, building the carriage barn, and bringing the structure now known as the garden cottage to the site. 

The paint analysis reveals new information about the color schemes at the property. With the exception of the garden cottage, only one color scheme, a monochrome white, is in keeping with the Tysons' Colonial Revival redevelopment. When implemented, the new paint scheme will be a shocking change, most evident in the red barn and carriage barn. 

Before we can implement the scheme, however, some major building projects need to occur, including drainage work in the field and parking area, structural issues in the barn, and roof and window work in the main house. The paint analysis was funded by a grant from the Friends of Heritage Preservation. Please consider contributing to the Preservation Maintenance Fund so that we can continue preservation work at Hamilton House.

paint on red cottage

Posted by susan everest on September 19, 2012
Can you tell me what paint is on the red cottage? Is it California Paints? If so, which shade of red is it? Thank-you, Susan

Carriage barn paint

Posted by Benjamin Haavik on September 20, 2012
Susan - the red building pictured in the news item is the carriage barn. The last time it was painted we used California Paint "Redwood" #47811which was a match for earlier reds on the structure.

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Paint analysis makes way for new color scheme at Hamilton House