Community Preservation Act supports restoration work at the Lyman Estate

Jan 27, 2021

Thanks to a grant from the City of Waltham, Mass., Historic New England is restoring the Lyman Estate library.

Library fireplace at Lyman Estate

The project includes cleaning and conserving the extensive wood paneling and wood furniture, repairing plaster, installing a new period-appropriate carpet and chandelier, and conserving the fireplace’s distinctive decorative tiles and iron work. We are also repainting the wood floor, ceiling, and walls, and installing reproduction curtains, window shades, and other textiles.

Building alterations c. 1880

The library was part of alterations made by Ella and Arthur Lyman to modernize and enlarge the house, which was originally built in 1793. These changes brought a fashionable Queen Anne style to both the interior and exterior. The dark paneled woodwork in the library and the William De Morgan fireplace tiles reflect that popular design aesthetic.

The Community Preservation Act grant helps preserve and enhance all the character-defining features of this room. Lyman descendants fondly remember the room as a space for the whole family. Today the library is enjoyed by visitors touring the house as well as guests of weddings and other functions at the Lyman Estate.

How you can help

Historic New England is still raising funds to complete this project. You can help by making a donation. Just make a note on the form to indicate that your gift is for the Lyman Estate Library Preservation Project. Your support helps.

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