The Center for Painted Wall Preservation (CPWP) is a nationally recognized, not-for-profit organization, dedicated to the research and preservation of eighteenth and early nineteenth century paint-decorated plaster walls.
The walls we study were painted by some of America’s most significant early folk artists, including Rufus Porter, Jonathan D. Poor, and Moses Eaton. Our goal is to survey and document these painted and stenciled walls, in situ or in collections; further the appreciation of this rare and vulnerable art form; and serve as a resource for the conservation and preservation of painted plaster walls for future generations.
Early 19th-century painted plaster walls are treasures of American folk art. Documenting local landscapes in beautiful detail, these artifacts provide windows on the past. Sadly, these fine examples of folk art, are rapidly disappearing. Painted walls — which include murals, freehand brushwork, and stenciled plaster walls— are vulnerable to destruction and loss. We will lose these irreplaceable historical records unless we preserve these critical documents of our past.
Once the walls are gone, they are gone forever. This unfortunate truth makes the documentation and authentication work of The Center for Painted Wall Preservation timely and important to the history of early decorative arts in America. Help us protect this important part of our heritage by supporting the CPWP.
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April 3-5, 2020
Conserving the Painted Past Symposium
The first event of its kind, this symposium will bring together practitioners in the care and conservation of painted walls. Early 19th-century painted plaster walls are treasures of American folk art. These painted walls — which include murals, freehand brushwork, and stenciled decoration— are vulnerable to destruction and loss. Their preservation needs become increasingly urgent over time, in particular for walls in private homes.
This symposium will be a huge leap forward in painted wall advocacy and scholarship. Our stellar lineup of speakers will share case studies and resources focused on best practices for
preservation and conservation of painted walls.
We look forward to seeing everyone there!
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“The Best Student: the Importance of Jonathan D. Poor's Contribution to Decorative Wall Painting”
Sunday, October 20, 2019
Groton Inn, 128 Main St. Groton, MA
2 – 4pm
Linda Lefko, President of the Center for Painted Wall Preservation, will be speaking on at the dedication of the Prescott House walls. Join us for an intriguing afternoon!
CPWP in the news!
"Painting in Domestic Places: Rufus Porter's Landscape Murals in Federal Foyers" in Antiques and the Arts Weekly
"This cluster of homes — with their variety of murals— serves as a demonstration of their historical significance as well as their vulnerability."
"The Painted Wall: Freehand Scrollwork" by Linda Lefko in Antique Homes, The Sales Directory of Antique and Historic Properties.
Sharing the The Governor Galusha Homestead in Shaftsbury Center, VT —an amazing survival of original freehand brushwork.