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.
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 plainon the exterior and deceptive in scale, the Athenaeum building contains richly embellished reading rooms with 24-foot ceilings..
The Athenaeum is recognized as a National Historic Landmark.
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.
The Old Village Design Studio's Emilie and Mary doing their magic at the Athenaeum