Lewis Walpole Library, Farmington, CT
Historic PaintingDownload Project PDF »
- Project Planning
- Infrared (IR) Paint Removal
- Historic Wood Restoration
- Historic Painting
- Lead-Safe Handling
- Joint Sealants
The Lewis Walpole House was built circa 1784 for Revolutionary War General Solomon Cowles in Farmington,
Connecticut. This Georgian-style house is currently used as a library and museum. After many years of partial repair to the paint with continued deteriorations, the owner decided in 2013 to fully restore the property by removing all of the coatings. A few patches of the original layers of paint were left for historical study by future generations.
A new infrared technology was selected as the removal process for this delicate restoration project. The infrared
equipment minimized any damage to the original wood structure while safely removing the multiple layers of paint, including lead-based paint.
After several months of meticulous work, our team of experienced craftsmen successfully removed all the
original coatings and restored the 229-year-old house. Cenaxo was selected in 2014 to do additional work on the property because of our successful working relationship with the owner.