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MN Masonic Home
Minnesota Masonic Home: Landmark Hall 
Bloomington, Minnesota

Murals Conservation and Decorated 
Architectural Surfaces Replication

Minnesota Masonic home was built in 1928. The Landmark Hall, one of the most important spaces of this prestigious health care center, contains two large murals on canvas mounted in niches especially designed for them and was originally decorated with stenciled decorative motifs  on the arches and borders around the murals. At a later date, the walls and arches, including all decorative motifs, were painted over with a light green color.


The original wall color, as well as the original designs and colors were discovered under several layers of paint; the overpaint layers were removed by using chemical and mechanical methods. All decorative motifs on arches and borders were replicated.

The two (2) murals, located at the far ends of the room, above fireplaces, were restored.  Restoration consisted of:
  • Cleaning
  • Filling holes, cracks and missing areas of paint
  • Inpainting
  • Varnishing with UV protective and reversible synthetic varnish
  • Consolidating of paint layers
The project was completed in October 1997.


The Minnesota Masonic Home Historic Building - Exterior View


Landmark Hall - Before Restoration


Landmark Hall - During Restoration


West Wall Mural - During Restoration (Detail)


Arch - After Restoration (Detail)


Landmark Hall - After Restoration



West Wall Mural - After Restoration


East Wall Mural - After Restoration


West Wall Mural and Woodwork - After Restoration (Frontal View)
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