Extensive Paint Analysis En Route to Restoration at Georgetown’s Ward Hall

The Ward Hall Preservation Foundation is pleased to announce that Matthew J. Mosca of Baltimore has been selected to conduct a historic paint finishes study on the external surfaces of Ward Hall. The results of this study will be used to develop historic specifications for the restoration of Ward Hall.

“I am thrilled that Mr. Mosca is interested in working with us at Ward Hall,” said David Stuart, Chairman of the Ward Hall Preservation Foundation. “In the world of historic paint analysts, he is truly among the very best. His work will enable us to move forward in the restoration process in the most historically accurate way possible.”

Matthew J. Mosca is a nationally recognized consultant in the field of historic paint research and restoration. He has over 40 years of experience in the field, focusing on identification of materials by microscopic and chemical means. He formerly worked for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and has served as an independent consultant since 1979. He has conducted complete research and restoration programs at nationally significant sites that have been recognized as major accomplishments by the American Institute of Architects, that National Park Service, and various other organizations. Previous locations of his paint research include Mount Vernon (VA), The United States Treasury Building (DC) and The Hermitage (TN).

“My first visit to Ward Hall, years ago, left me literally speechless,” said Mr. Mosca. “I have been really delighted to have worked on a number of great historic houses in Kentucky and am unabashedly excited by the prospect of working at Ward Hall!”

Funding for this project comes from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, as mitigation for the recent widening of US 460. The City of Georgetown will oversee the project and transfer of all funds.

“There may be no greater treasure in our city than Ward Hall,” said Georgetown Mayor Tom Prather. “We are pleased to be affiliated with this project and hope that it will aid in continuing to develop both Ward Hall and Georgetown a destination for those seeking to learn more about the history of our region.”

The foregoing is a press release prepared by the Ward Hall Preservation Foundation.

You can check out my earlier post on Ward Hall by clicking here.