In the spring of this year, ‘Belfry Historic’ owners/operators, Catherine Buscemi and Laurence Sansone spent an enchanting evening of fine dining, beautiful music and lively conversation, seated between Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln.
The evening was a recreation of a pre-1860’s dinner party, complete with period Lincoln reenactors exchanging polite banter as well as some historically poignant political sparing (Stephen A. Douglas was also in attendance). ‘Edwards Place Historic Home’ in Springfield, Illinois hosted the gala to commemorate their recent renovation, in which Belfry Historic Consultants played an integral role. Belfry restored the original wallpapers in the Dining Room, Formal Parlor, Library, and Children’s parlor, working with David Skinner and Sons. Belfry also supplied documented period patterns for the Sitting Room, by David Skinner and Sons, and for the Front Hallway and Back Hallway, by Hamilton Weston.
Past and present: Edwards Place left a portion of one Library corner unfinished for comparison between the original wall covering (right) and the completed restoration (left).
A view of the paper installed in the Edwards Place Library
The second of two wallpapers beautifully recreated by David Skinner and Sons
for the Edwards Place formal parlor.
Faithful reproduction to the most minute detail: A close up view of the restored formal parlor wallpaper,
with an original document fragment superimposed for side-by-side comparison.
A beautiful period pattern by Hamilton Weston, Uppark Trellis ca.1840,
was installed in the Front and Back hallways.