Hope Lodge is a National Historic Landmark that served as the headquarters for General Washington's Surgeon during the the 1777 encampment in Fort Washington. Old Village has done interior painting and plaster restoration here including the dining room shown above.
Hope Lodge was built between 1743 and 1748 by Samuel Morris, a prosperous Quaker entrepreneur. Morris acted as a farmer, ship owner, miller, iron-master, shop-owner, and owner of the mill now known as Mather Mill. Hope Lodge is an excellent example of early Georgian architecture, and it is possible that Edmund Woolley, architect of Independence Hall, offered advice in building. Samuel Morris owned the estate until his death in 1770, when it was inherited by his brother Joshua. Joshua in turn sold the property and dwelling to another Philadelphia merchant, William West.
This plaster wall had deteriorated over time so we restored it, following the contour and even replicating small ripples that were present on the original wall.
We also restored the plaster ceiling.
High gloss white is a classic look and we used it in the Colonial Revival Dining Room at Hope Lodge. This room is how it would have looked in the 1930s when Alice and William Degn lived here.
Different angle showing the windows.
Ceilings can be difficult, especially in older homes, but this one in the bedroom at Hope Lodge came out pretty well. We painted the entire room in a classic white.
Narrow hallways and high ceilings are common in colonial era homes and pose unique challenges.