October 21, 2011 Painting by History: Choosing Historically Accurate Paint Colors for The Anna Clapp Harris Smith House
Historic Boston has had the privilege of working with Sara Chase, an experienced historic paint analyst. Through obtaining materials and studying samples under a microscope, Sara was able to discover the historic color of the house as a dark, rich, yellow and further identified the trim as classic ivory. These findings allow Historic Boston to make decisions about the restoration of the house using historical precedent and context rather than employing arbitrary preference. When working with historic preservation regulatory bodies such as the Boston Landmarks Commission, or State Historic Preservation Officers, such context is critical for justifying design choices. Further, this process allows us to stay true to our mission of undertaking thoughtful, well-researched, historic preservation projects.