Cosmos Club Warne Ballroom Restoration

About

THIS PROJECT

The Cosmos Club on Embassy Row is a DC landmark and was built in 1901 as the home of Mary Scott Townsend, daughter of a Pennsylvania railroad and coal industrialist. The Townsend House evokes the American Gilded Age and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The house was designed for grand entertainment and no room more eloquently communicates the grandeur of the house than the Warne Ballroom. The Louis XV-style room features:

  • Gilded adornments
  • Ornamental plaster and woodwork
  • Elaborately coffered ceiling
  • Oak parquet floor
  • Works of fine art over the doors
  • Central ceiling mural of fine art

PROJECT OVERVIEW

LOCATION:
Washington, DC
Mid-Atlantic

CLIENT:
Cosmos Club

INDUSTRY:
Historical

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1901

ORIGINAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTED

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2,000

SQUARE FOOT BALLROOM

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6,000

LF OF GOLD

The Warne Ballroom has remained active throughout its history and continues to be used today. At over 100 years old, and showing the effects of its age, the Cosmos Club recognized the need to undertake a comprehensive conservation and restoration. As part of this project, a broad range of conservation work was performed. A professor specializing in art conservation at the University of Delaware tested 40 samples to determine the original paint and gilding (the process of applying gold leaf or gold paint) materials used in the ballroom.

The project received 2012 Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship award for plaster work and 2012 Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship award for specialty painting.

The conservation work included:

  • Ornamental and flat plaster repair, conservation and restoration
  • Gilding conservation and new gilding using 6,000 LF of gold
  • Architectural woodwork conservation and restoration
  • Painting
  • Historic sconce restoration
  • Fine art conservation
  • New audio/visual and lighting control systems

Project

GALLERY

Historical National Leader
Valerie Cascio
410-337-3660
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