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There is no real future without preserving our history and our culture. ~ Dan Tarnoveanu
American Swedish Institute

Heritage Preservation Award


American Swedish Institute
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Second Floor Interior Conservation and Restoration

Designed in "Chateauesque" style and completed in 1908, the Tumblad Mansion, now the American Swedish Institute, is one of the most important historic buildings in the Twin Cities. 

Its exterior walls, constructed from Indiana limestone, are embellished with extensive stone carvings.  Its ornate interior is also adorned with woodcarvings, painted and gilded plaster moldings, stenciled and hand-painted decorative floral motifs on ceilings and walls.

Restoration consisted of:

  • Cleaning away damaged powdered plaster
  • Reconstruction or recasting damaged plaster moldings
  • Replicating (gold leafing and painting) the restored plaster moldings, as well as, wall areas to match the colors and sheen of the surrounding undamaged painted motifs.
The restoration project was completed in 1995, and received a Heritage Preservation Award also in 1995.

EXTERIOR OF THE BUILDING


BEFORE RESTORATION
 


DURING RESTORATION


AFTER RESTORATION




 

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