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.

Preserving the 1929 Skinner Player Pipe Organ

The "voice" of Brucemore is a national treasure. Brucemore completed a three-phase project to preserve Opus 754, a rare and remarkable instrument that is central to the site's history and every tour of the mansion.

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Conserving the Grant Wood Sleeping Porch

Grant Wood designed and installed a plaster mural in a sleeping porch in 1925; in 2013, professionals conserved this work of art for future generations.

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Rehabilitating the Lord & Burnham Greenhouse

The historic 1915 Lord & Burnham Greenhouse, which succumbed to severe iron corrosion, now showcases Brucemore's renowned gardens and landscaping.

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Restoring the Study

An early Douglas-era photograph of the Great Hall provided clues that helped preservation experts reconstruct the Study to its 1910 appearance.

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Preserving the Chimney Caps

Five deteriorated limestone chimney caps — each a unique Queen Anne design — were carefully removed and recreated to match the 1886 originals.

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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.