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Manor House Continues

Manor House Continues Historic Return to 1915 Work continues on the restoration of the Manor House interiors, part of the $1M Room-by-Room Restoration funded by the 2nd Century Campaign. Funded by The Babcox Family Foundation, restoration of the Music Room began over the winter. New curtains, sheers and valences in the Music Room are being constructed by Abbott’s Blinds & Designs, with fabric and trim (custom-made to match the original) created by Scalamandre of New York. Door curtains will cover the entrances to the West Porch, Round Room and Solarium just like when the Seiberlings lived at Stan Hywet Hall. “There are no original valences in the archives, so we’re working from historic photos for these curtains as well as the new door curtains,” notes Julie Frey, Director of Museum Services/Curator. Whitney Stained Glass Studio is tackling the puzzle of the wall sconces, the elaborate and intricate crystal light fixtures attached to the walls of the Music Room. Once a matching group of fourteen sconces, all are now different, because as parts became loose or otherwise broke over the years, a sconce was repaired and patched up without a system to maintain the original pattern and design of the entire set. The team from Whitney Stained Glass spent two days in January evaluating the The intricate puzzle of the wall sconces pieces and shades of the elaborate crystal light fixtures to the walls of the Music Room. sconces and developing an eye for the most consistent pattern of strings of crystals, choosing one that appears to be the most historically accurate. This “original” wall sconce was used as a prototype to repair all the other fixtures, repairing and fabricating the metal and crystals so that they all match once again. Collections has a trove of original crystals from the last 100 years, saved as sconces broke, or crystals became detached. These originals are being used along with new pieces being fabricated. “Some of the pieces that we need are still made by the original fabricator, thank goodness,” according to Janet Lipsteu, Operations Manager at Whitney Stained Glass Studio. In addition to the crystals, the shaft of the candle sticks are being restored. In the past, as repairs were needed, the shafts were created from a variety of materials, including ceramic, wood, plastic and cardboard. Luckily, there are enough original ceramic shafts so that after restoration they all will match. Once the sconces are completely restored, the final step is cleaning them with distilled water and alcohol. Then new lamp shades will be mounted on each candlestick. Collections has the original shades for the sconces in storage, with original fabric and trim; they are being used to replicate the new shades. Lampshade restorer Illona Schaffernocker, who will assemble the new shades, ordered new fabric, which was then custom-dyed to match the original color. The fabric is being custom pleated to exactly match the historic pleats. The trim for the new shades was remade by Kravet’s, a company that has handled many of the Manor House’s custom trim projects. 12 STANHYWET.ORG

Great Hall, 2nd Floor North Hallway and Hidden Aspect Restoration Recently Completed Manor House restoration efforts are moving forward at an impressive pace under the leadership of Julie Frey, Director of Museum Services/Curator. In addition to the Tower Landing, Library and Breakfast Room Fountain, both the 2nd Floor North Hallway and the Great Hall have been restored to their original 1915 elegance. Anticipated to require five years to complete restoration of all sixteen rooms in the restoration plan, it is expected that the work in the Manor House will be completed ahead of schedule. Great Hall Ray and Marty Wernig are true legacy friends and supporters of Stan Hywet, dating to the earliest days of the Foundation. Now living full-time in Florida, their passion for the Estate is lasting, as demonstrated by their very generous gift to fund restoration of the majestic Great Hall. Though they were not present to view the work as it was underway they were kept informed of progress with photos, videos, notes and telephone calls. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, Ray and Marty’s son and daughterin-law, Mark and Colleen Wernig brought three generations of family members to the Estate, as Stan Hywet honored their parents with a “reveal” of the restored space. To commemorate the occasion, a family “cast” photo was staged in the Great Hall. The framed image was presented to the elder Wernigs by Linda Conrad, who hosted them for dinner in December near their home in Florida. 2nd Floor North Hallway Dr. Dianne Kauffman was recently hosted for a special “reveal” of the restored 2nd Floor North Hallway, in gratitude for her very generous gift, making the restoration possible. Curator Julie Frey shared insights about the work involved in bringing the restoration project to fruition. Dianne is an enthusiastic volunteer and donor. We are grateful that she was the first to donate to the 2nd Century Campaign to support the work planned in the Manor House. Restored Hidden Aspect Re-Opens After 10 Years View of the Cuyahoga Valley Convinced the Seiberlings to Build On This Land. Part of the larger Tea House Restoration project, the Hidden Aspect was able to be completed as work was simultaneously progressing on clearing the Tea House Cliff Face below. Stan Hywet was pleased to welcome many of the donors who made these projects possible, taking the first peek of the spectacular Cuyahoga Valley from the restored stone patio that once served as a favorite picnic site for the Seiberlings. The Hidden Aspect had been offline for more than 10 years, as the stone had begun to erode beneath it, making it unsafe. As part of a special “reveal” hosted last September, the highlight of the donors’ experience was hearing from Zach Goebelt of COI Stonework and Mark Gilles, Stan Hywet’s Director of Historic Structures, who offered some illuminating (and amusing) insights into how the work was accomplished. Enjoy a visit to the Hidden Aspect this season. It is tucked into the landscape just north of the Tea Houses. THANK YOU We gratefully acknowledge the following friends whose generosity made restoration of the Tea Houses and the Hidden Aspect possible. The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation State of Ohio Timken Foundation of Canton Buckeye Corrugated, Inc. Roger and Judy Read Burton D. Morgan Foundation The Howland Memorial Fund Jim and Linda Francis R. Mark and Colleen Wernig Betty E. Comstock STANHYWET.ORG 13

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