Major refurbishment programme; investigations of the early paint schemes and decorative interiors [St Pancras Chambers, Euston Road, London]

Crick-Smith, Neilian C. and Crick-Smith, Michael Geoffrey (2001) Major refurbishment programme; investigations of the early paint schemes and decorative interiors [St Pancras Chambers, Euston Road, London]. Technical Report. Crick Smith Conservation Ltd., Newark, UK.

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Abstract

This iconic late 19th century building is currently being refurbished. The research undertaken by Crick Smith was to clarify the decorative history of the interior, its archaeological development and historic significance of the surviving interior decorative fabric. From the vast archive of period and later publications little factual evidence of interior decorative information exists. Therefore the investigations into the history and development of the decorative phases have been largely concluded from on-site investigations and cross-section analysis. To achieve valid conclusions an extensive series of paint samples was required. Meticulous cross referencing of the collective data enabled correlations to be drawn to establish a true account of the building’s decorative nature at key points in its history; from the 565 historic areas considered 8 were identified for further attention. From these areas it is aimed to provide a quantified reference of the paint colours employed in the schemes recognized by Crick Smith as the most worthy for replicating in the 8 significant rooms. The investigations include a survey of the historic wallpapers surviving within the building - a visual record of their original location and current condition. Samples of papers at risk removed for conservation purposes will create a wallpaper archive and establish ground breaking methods for their conservation. Key factors in this research have been the open dialogue by Crick Smith with architects RHWL, Marriot International and Manhattan Loft Corporation and close collaboration of English Heritage in order to reach mutual agreements for appropriate conservation, treatment and reinstatement of the interior historic decorative fabric of the Chambers. The research has been presented to the Marriot International Incorporation board and at West Dean College, Chichester. The approaches taken are currently used on Conservation MA programmes at West Dean and the University of Lincoln to exemplify methodologies for architectural paint research.

Item Type:Paper or Report (Technical Report)
Additional Information:This iconic late 19th century building is currently being refurbished. The research undertaken by Crick Smith was to clarify the decorative history of the interior, its archaeological development and historic significance of the surviving interior decorative fabric. From the vast archive of period and later publications little factual evidence of interior decorative information exists. Therefore the investigations into the history and development of the decorative phases have been largely concluded from on-site investigations and cross-section analysis. To achieve valid conclusions an extensive series of paint samples was required. Meticulous cross referencing of the collective data enabled correlations to be drawn to establish a true account of the building’s decorative nature at key points in its history; from the 565 historic areas considered 8 were identified for further attention. From these areas it is aimed to provide a quantified reference of the paint colours employed in the schemes recognized by Crick Smith as the most worthy for replicating in the 8 significant rooms. The investigations include a survey of the historic wallpapers surviving within the building - a visual record of their original location and current condition. Samples of papers at risk removed for conservation purposes will create a wallpaper archive and establish ground breaking methods for their conservation. Key factors in this research have been the open dialogue by Crick Smith with architects RHWL, Marriot International and Manhattan Loft Corporation and close collaboration of English Heritage in order to reach mutual agreements for appropriate conservation, treatment and reinstatement of the interior historic decorative fabric of the Chambers. The research has been presented to the Marriot International Incorporation board and at West Dean College, Chichester. The approaches taken are currently used on Conservation MA programmes at West Dean and the University of Lincoln to exemplify methodologies for architectural paint research.
Keywords:Decorative schemes, Conservation, Restoration, Paint analysis
Subjects:K Architecture, Building and Planning > K250 Conservation of Buildings
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Art & Design
ID Code:1334
Deposited By: Bev Jones
Deposited On:10 Oct 2007
Last Modified:07 Feb 2013 10:23

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