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Memorial Hall, Front Elevation

Hermann Schwarzmann, c.1876, 52.5 x 107"
Fairmount Park / City of Philadelphia
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    • Close-up image of the loss at the bottom of the drawing

An architectural drawing of what is now known as Memorial Hall, the building located in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park, arrived at CCAHA for treatment and housing, along with several other drawings and maps made for the Centennial Exhibition of 1876.

The drawing was soiled and discolored, with many creases and cracks.  There was a small loss at the bottom, and there was light brown foxing and slight staining overall.

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    • Filling losses in the c. 1876 architectural drawing of Memorial Hall (Fairmount Park / City of Philadelphia)

    • Memorial Hall Drawing, During Treatment (3)
    • Memorial Hall Drawing, During Treatment (3)
    • Inpainting losses in the drawing of Memorial Hall (Fairmount Park / City of Philadelphia)

Because of the drawing’s large size, treatment called for a team of several conservators. The conservators surface cleaned the drawing, washed it, removed its old, failing canvas lining and then lined it with Japanese paper. Some small losses were then filled and inpainted. Finally, the Housing & Framing Department re-housed the drawing in a polyester film and rolled it on a protective tube so that it is supported on all sides.

For more information on the Centennial Exhibition, read this related story in the Fall 2010 issue of Art-i-facts.