Achievement Recognized at National Convention
(ST. LOUIS – February 2009) The Painting and Decorating Contractors of America (PDCA) selected John Neill Painting & Decorating for their work on the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion as recipient of the 2009 Residential Restoration Interior PIPP: Picture It Painted Professionally Award, which annually brings recognition to the outstanding projects of PDCA’s professional painting and decorating contractors.
The award was bestowed earlier this year during the PDCA Awards Program at the association’s Paint and Coatings Expo (PACE) mega convention and trade show in New Orleans. “PDCA is honored to be able to recognize John Neill Painting for their exceptional work.
The awards program is a very special event where members can be honored and recognized by their peers for their craftsmanship”, Beth Horan, CPA, PDCA Interim CEO stated.
The Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion is the only authentically restored Victorian mansion and garden in Philadelphia. Built in 1859 by the Maxwell family, the mansion included all the available luxuries of that era such as gas lighting, central heating, running hot and cold water, and an indoor toilet. It also boasted all emerging painting and decorating trends of the time, truly showcasing Mr. Maxwell’s many accomplishments as a highly successful entrepreneur.
Threatened by demolition in the 1960’s, the neighborhood rallied to save the mansion and restore it. A leak in the roof had caused extensive water damage throughout the interior, making this restoration a notable challenge. The Executive Director of the Mansion, called for assistance in replicating the original wall coverings. During the course of this project, a total of eight interior rooms were restored. One of the more challenging rooms was Mrs. Maxwell’s Sitting Room, which had suffered extensive water damage to the walls, ceiling and woodwork. The first stage of the restoration was to repair the plaster, allow it to cure, and seal it with an oil-based primer. Next, the elaborate stenciling was re-created by hand and then replicated on the ceiling and walls to restore the damaged areas. Forty-five colors were hand mixed during this process to match and blend seamlessly with the original stenciling. Due to extensive wood rot, much of the woodwork in the room required repair, which was done through the use of a two-part epoxy, followed by a primer and two finish coats of paint. Wood graining, decorative painting and stenciling were then used to recreate the original designs on all the doors, baseboards and shutters. The level of skill and craftsmanship required was unparalleled by any other restoration they had completed to date, bringing this particular project to an exciting and exceptional close. Further repair and restoration to the exterior of the mansion is currently in the planning process.
Founded in 1884, PDCA represents the interests of professional painting and decorating contractors nationwide. Among the most prominent objectives of PDCA are the enhancement and further development of the painting and decorating profession and industry.
Today, PDCA represents the interests of over 5,000 owners and top-flight managers from more than 2,500 painting and decorating firms across the U.S. and Canada.