Sacramento Valley Station

Sacramento, CA

EverGreene conservators conducted a historic finishes investigation, determining the original decorative scheme in the Waiting Room and Room 150. Exposure windows revealed that what was thought to be Caen stone on the interior walls of the waiting room was actually scored plaster finished with a light brown sand paint. Conservators cleaned and restored historic stenciling, original decorative paint motifs, ornamental plaster, and historic stone.

Breaking Ground at Sacramento, January 8, 1863, for Transcontinental Railroad was completed in 1930. Over the years, the mural had been exposed to cigarette smoke and post-historic paint drips, distorting the colors and overall composition of the artwork. Breaking Ground has benefited greatly from surface cleaning, consolidation, and inpainting. Conservators used an aqueous solution to remove the nicotine and other pollutants and inpaint areas of loss, returning the inherent beauty to the historic artwork.