Preservation of the Nichols House Museum

With the support of grants from the Massachusetts Historical Commission and private foundations, and with the fundraising efforts of board members, the Nichols House Museum has been able to undertake several major preservation projects. These projects addressed critically needed work on the museum's historic structure. Two significant projects were completed in the past five years - the slate roof was completely replaced for the first time since 1804 when the townhouse was built and the rear utility sheds, dating to the 1850s, were stabilized and rehabilitated.

Recent Projects

Click below to view our recent preservation projects.

Wooden Furnishings Conservation - Completed 2007 - Conservator: Robert Mussey Associates

Wooden furnishings conservation was undertaken by Robert Mussey Associates. The treatment of 27 wooden furnishings was funded by a grant from the Conservation Project Support program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Chippendale chair dating from the 1700s undergoing conservation treatment

A Thomas Seymour card table (early 1800s) being worked on

Conservator Chris Sheldon of Robert Mussey Associates works on another Thomas Seymour table. This pier table was painted by John Ritto Penniman, signed and dated by him – 1809