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La Maison
La Maison de L’Enfant: Conservatory 
Lake of the Isles, Minnesota

Sun-Room Murals Conservation and Replication


La Maison de L'Enfant is set on a full city acre overlooking the Minneapolis skyline on Lake of the Isles.  While the exterior of the house is classic Georgian Revival, complete with English gardens, the interior is Continental: Italian marbles, German stained glass, French chandeliers in sterling and crystal, limestone mantles, terrazzo floors, burl paneling and a hand-carved mahogany stairway.

Overlooking the garden, the Conservatory, is one of the most ornate and important spaces of the house.  Its walls are decorated with Renaissance style decorative and figurative murals.  They were executed with oil on linen canvas and then attached to the walls in spaces especially created for them.  Mahogany wood moldings coated with multiple layers of stain separate the mural panels.  This space contains 43 mural panels of different dimensions.  The ceiling is also covered with canvas and decorated with a faux finish.

The room and the murals were damaged during a fire in 2003.  One mural was completely destroyed.

The restoration returned the murals and the entire space to their original 1917 splendor.  Restoration, which consisted of cleaning, consolidation of the original paint layers and canvas substrate, touch up, and varnishing returned the paintings to their original look while preserving the patina.  The destroyed mural was replicated.

The restoration project was completed in June 2003.



EXTERIOR VIEW



BEFORE RESTORATION

    


DURING RESTORATION






AFTER RESTORATION
   

 


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