Tinker’s Swiss Cottage Museum

Rockford, IL

This twenty-room cottage was built in 1865 by Robert H. Tinker, a prominent 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 in-painting lost figurative elements.