Davenport House Receives Grant for Wallpaper Conservation Assessment

Davenport House 23SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Davenport House, the historic Savannah home that sparked the founding of Historic Savannah Foundation, was recently awarded a monetary grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors to assess conservation issues of the wallpaper in the Museum’s entrance hall and stairwell.

“A number of factors are causing the Museum’s reproduction wallpaper in the stairwell to become detached from the wall. The funding will allow the museum to hire a specialist to determine how best to correct the problem,” said Jamie Credle, director of the Davenport House Museum. “Determining the problem and recommending a solution is the starting point in making corrections to the wallpaper. The museum’s leadership is firm in its commitment to interpreting the house authentically. Our wallpaper is an important part of this commitment.”

The $1,266 grant will be used to assess the problem with the wallpaper’s adherence in the entrance hall and stairwell. The funds will be matched by the Davenport House. Recommendations from the assessment will be used to replace the wallpaper where needed.

“We are so glad that we were able to be supportive of the Davenport House’s efforts to preserve its integrity as an historic landmark; it is an important project,” said David J. Brown, executive vice president and chief preservation officer of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

“HSF is grateful for the attention and support given to this project by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Mitchell family,” said Daniel Carey, president and CEO of the Historic Savannah Foundation. “With their endorsement, we can move ahead with confidence that we’ll do right by the Davenport House.”

Historic Savannah Foundation is a non-profit historic preservation organization supported by a strong and dedicated membership. HSF was established in 1955 in order to save the 1820 Isaiah Davenport House from demolition. From this initial project, Historic Savannah Foundation launched a Revolving Fund which has since saved 350+ buildings. The mission of Historic Savannah Foundation is to preserve and protect Savannah’s heritage through advocacy, education and community involvement. For more information, visit www.myHSF.org or www.DavenportHouseMuseum.org.


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