Dumbarton House offers a chance to see preservation in action as we show visitors the process of storing and installing 18th & 19th century looking glasses in our historic interior. Following a major HVAC (heating, ventilation, and cooling) renovation and window restoration project, this behind-the-scenes tour offers the unique opportunity to learn and see the process and intricacies of installing objects in an historic house museum.
Visitors will spend part of the tour with our Curatorial and Collections team as they uncrate a Federal inlaid and parcel-gilt mahogany looking glass (c. 1790-1800), install a Plexiglas model mirror for interpretation of the parlor, and hang a Federal tri-part overmantel looking glass, circa 1800-1815, in the dining room.
Reinstalling Our Historic Rooms, Thursdays at 1pm
Join us to see preservation in action during this four part series!
April 13th – Architecture of Dumbarton House
April 20th – Uncrating and Installing Looking Glasses
April 27th – Assembling the Bedstead and Dressing the Bed
May 5th – Setting the Table
About this tour:
• Approximately 45 minutes
• Meet on the corner of 27th & Q street
• Space is extremely limited and registration is required
• Not appropriate for children