Hyde Hall

Leader Head Project Underway

These images follow the progress of design and installation of a prototype leader head at Hyde Hall.  In spite of the weather a trial installation was made on November 29, 2018.  After evaluation, 5 further units will be installed on the east side of Hyde Hall to funnel water into the downspouts.

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Pictured below is Brian Chappell, Aurelius Restoration Services, Cayuga, New York

Kitchen Restoration Update – Jan 2018

The first step in restoring the brick kitchen is removing the heavily damaged late nineteenth century brick floor.  We are investigating what lies beneath before rebuilding the flooring.

 

 

Pickaxes and sledge hammers.

 

Much work to be done.

 

 

Not yet ready…for prime time or for laundry!

 

Lightweight building materials…note the chisel marks on the bottom of the stone sink.

 

It’s very cold!  And the work must go on…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dining Room Carpet

 

Last spring, after artist Lori Wilson (Wilson Decorative Solutions, New Berlin, NY) restored the Dining Room walls to their marbleized 1833 appearance, we were ready to install the reproduction Brussels carpet designed by David Hunt of the Vermont Custom Rug Company. Woven on the looms of the Langhorne Carpet Company in Penndel, Penn., the highly figured Brussels carpet is an exact copy of the 1833 dining room carpet ordered by George Clarke. Closely examining original pieces of carpet that had survived on two ottomans still in our collections, David was able to precisely copy the colors and patterns that made up its body and border. With its installation in late October, Hyde Hall now boasts another great rarity in American house museums: a completely authentic copy of a carpet that once graced this elegant room. Next step: the restoration of the red, worsted wool figured damask curtains that will complete the transformation of our historic American dining room in the best French and English taste.

From Hyde Hall – Fall 2017 Newsletter

Staffmember Susan Yard Monroe Plays the Forte Piano

Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata played on the Hyde Hall Forte Piano.

Created in Albany between 1830 and 1832, the Osborne & King forte piano is
now playable again thanks to a grant from Douglas Kent. Several new bronze strings
ordered from London replaced ones that had broken, and with a fresh tuning
the piano sounds remarkably well and resonant in the environs of the Drawing Room.

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