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. The Old Village Design Studio™ was asked to restore and refinish the entrance door to this classic Italianate in the Washington Square East/Old City part of Philadelphia.

photo collage showig Athenaeum building, entrance doors, and close up of doors
The Old Village Design Studio created and applied a custom, proprietary stain on the entrance doors to the 1845 Athenaeum in Philadelphia
photo collage showig Athenaeum building, entrance doors, and close up of doors
The Old Village Design Studio created and applied a custom, proprietary stain on the entrance doors to the 1845 Athenaeum in Philadelphia
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..
photo of The Athenaeum NamePlate

The Athenaeum is recognized as a National Historic Landmark.

Severely Plain Doors?

The Athenaeum describes its exterior as "severely plain", at least until the Old Village Design Studio 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



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Old Village Master Painters, Ltd.
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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