Preserving Brucemore's Building & Objects
Five words, often interchanged, describe the treatment of historic buildings and objects — preservation, conservation, rehabilitation, restoration, and reconstruction:
- Preservation places a high premium on the retention of all historic material
- Conservation tries to retain the original condition of the object and prevent further damage or deterioration
- Rehabilitation retains the original feel while allowing for alternative replacement materials
- Restoration replicates the original appearance and feel by unnoticeably replacing missing features or materials
- Reconstruction recreates a non-surviving site, landscape, structure, or object
The Brucemore staff concentrates on the retention of historic materials and carefully evaluates each project to determine which will be the most effective treatment.
Brucemore's Skinner player pipe organ is both the "voice" of Brucemore and a national treasure. Beginning in 2014, Brucemore began a three-phase project to preserve Opus 754, a rare and remarkable instrument that is central to the site's history and fundamental to the visitors' experience.
Support Brucemore's ongoing preservation efforts
Preserving Brucemore's built and natural assets is an act of unconditional stewardship. Participate in the rehabilitation of the buildings, gardens, and grounds by making a one-time or annual gift to our preservation projects.