Tinker’s Swiss Cottage Museum

Rockford, IL

This twenty-room cottage was built in 1865 by Robert H. Tinker, a prominet Rock­ford industrialist, philanthropist and artist.

Now an historic house museum, the enriched decorative painting on the ceilings and walls were badly damaged and in need of conservation. EverGreene conserva­tors began by conducting an historic finishes investigation, including a plaster conditions survey and cleaning tests. Based on the results of the investigation, together with historic photographs, EverGreene restored the surfaces through conservation cleaning and inpainting lost figurative elements.