photo of front of Athenaeum building in Phila with newly restored front doors
photo of front of Athenaeum building in Phila with newly restored front doors

The Athenaeum

Custom Door Finish for an Italianate Gem

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia is an independent member-supported library and museum. It was founded in 1814 to collect materials "connected with the history and antiquities of America, and the useful arts, and generally to disseminate useful knowledge" for public benefit.

photo of The Athenaeum Name Plate - founded 1814
The Athenaeum 1814
photo of The Athenaeum Name Plate - founded 1814
The Athenaeum 1814
The Athenaeum building was designed in 1845 by the innovative architect John Notman (1810-1865). It is widely hailed as the seminal American structure in the Italianate Revival Style and one of the first Philadelphia buildings built of brownstone. Severely plain on the exterior and deceptive in scale, the Athenaeum building contains richly embellished reading rooms with 24-foot ceilings..

The Athenaeum was renovated sometime in the 1970s and at that time a craftsman from Italy created the beautiful doors and wood work seen throughout the building. The interior still looks great almost 50 years later but the exterior of the front doors had been pretty badly weathered. The Old Village Design Studio™ was asked to restore and refinish these doors to this classic Italianate in the Washington Square East/Old City part of Philadelphia.



Severely Plain Doors?

The Athenaeum describes its exterior as "severely plain", at least until the Old Village Design Studio restored and created a beautiful new finish for the front doors.

photo showing doors at Athenaeum in Philadelphia before and after Old Village Design Studio applied new finish
Before and after photos of our door restoration at The Athenaeum
photo showing doors at Athenaeum in Philadelphia before and after Old Village Design Studio applied new finish
Before and after photos of our door restoration at The Athenaeum

Transformation

The Old Village Design Studio's Emilie and Mary doing their magic at the Athenaeum
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photo of Emilie and Mary working on finish on entrance doors to The Athenaeum
Mary Demi and Emilie Stulb Magowan
photo of Emilie and Mary working on finish on entrance doors to The Athenaeum
Mary Demi and Emilie Stulb Magowan

National Historic Landmark

The Athenaeum is one of many historic properties that Old Village has had the privilege to work on

photo National Historic Landmark plaque for The Athenaeum 1977
The Athenaeum is a National Historic Landmark
photo National Historic Landmark plaque for The Athenaeum 1977
The Athenaeum is a National Historic Landmark



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PO Box 165
Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437-0165 USA
© 2000- Old Village Master Painters, Ltd
PA Contractor PA049613

Old Village Master Painters, Ltd.
PO Box 165
Gwynedd Valley, PA 19437-0165 USA
© 2000- Old Village Master Painters, Ltd
PA Contractor PA049613
Catering to Fine Homes in the Delaware Valley

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