Telfair Museum of Art

Savannah, Georgia

The Telfair mansion, designed by English architect William Jay and built in 1818, received a major addition in 1886, when it became the first art museum in the southeast. Projects for this National Historic Landmark are part of an ongoing process.

Laboratory analysis of the twelve layers of paint covering the exterior stucco and wood revealed color schemes from the two construction periods. Design documents focused on cleaning all exterior finishes, shown in progress at the right, as well as restoration of stonework, 1818 and 1886 stucco, woodwork, metalwork and painting, using a special breathable masonry coating in the 1886 color scheme.