Through an interdisciplinary approach, this workshop will examine period wall surfaces to better understand nineteenth-century craft practices and technologies as well as conceptions of refinement, patterns of consumption, and decorative preferences. We will explore the topic via lectures, demonstrations, and on-site discussions of historic surfaces at the Aiken-Rhett House, a property owned and operated by Historic Charleston Foundation. Because of the Foundation’s unique approach to preserving original surfaces rather than restoring them, period finishes and wallpapers—from the mid-19th to 20th centuries—have survived throughout the main house and outbuildings at this site. With a comprehensive understanding gained through our discussions, the Aiken-Rhett House and outbuildings will serve as a living laboratory and excellent location for demonstrations regarding period wall finishes and decorative treatments.
Wednesday, October 3
8:00–5:00 Lectures and discussion at Historic Charleston Foundation
Thursday, October 4
8:00–5:00 Demonstrations, hands-on experiences and panel discussion at the Aiken-Rhett House
Skill Level: Beginner and Intermediate
Fee: $300 Includes: Breakfasts, Lunches, Materials, Wed Night Reception
Location: Historic Charleston Foundation Headquarters, 40 East Bay; Aiken-Rhett House Museum, 48 Elizabeth Street
Dress Code: Casual with comfortable shoes.
Recommended equipment: Notebook and camera
Maximum Attendance: 30
Handicap Accessibility: Fully accessible on day one and limited accessibility on day two.
Continuing Education Credits: Yes
Workshop Coordinator: Brandy S. Culp, Curator of Historic Charleston Foundation, Charleston, SC, USA