Murals and Restoration Gallery E: Library of Congress

Most of my work for the Architect of the Capitol was actually spent working on restoring the decorative art at the Library of Congress with Dean Kalomas, my foreman, and Ron Brooks, my co-worker. Here you can see some pictures of our work in restoring the domes in the Great Hall and re-discovering and restoring the original art in the first floor corridors that had been painted over since the Second World War. Restoration is a lot of work, requiring paint removal, lead abatement, careful scraping, tracing the old design, matching the original colors, matching the brushwok of the original painters and painting the final new product. For many years we worked the night shift, which can bring out a different side in you. The final pictue is an awards ceremony where we were recognized for our work by the Archicect of the Capitol.

Also shown is one of the surprises we found while restoring the original art on the entablatures above the windows of northeast corridor of the Library of Congress, where we uncovered the names of famous native chiefs and war heros (which remain covered).


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