Painted Rooms

Anything Like This At Your House? - Leeann Roy of the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia is interested in examples of our painted heritage. There are several grain or faux painted doors in our house in Summerville. Other readers might have similar or better examples. The layers of paint and varnish suggest it was a time-consuming and specialized skill. I wonder if anyone has information on who did this kind of work in our area in the early 1900s. My mother, Eloise Pottie, says her father was very proud of the grain painting in their home in Berwick in the early 1900s and waited a long time for the right painter. I think it may also be called comb painting and faux painting. - Jan Pottie

The Painted Rooms Project
Do you have historical decoratively painted interior in your home? Or do you know of a private home, local church or institution that is ornately painted?
Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia is seeking your assistance in locating painted interiors within the province of Nova Scotia as part of its new initiative, The Painted Rooms Project.
The Painted Rooms Project was created to facilitate the documentation and preservation of historical painted interiors and to create public awareness of painted rooms as a part of Nova Scotia’s cultural heritage.
Interior decorative painting may take a variety of forms. A painted interior may consist of a painted wall mural, a painted border or stencil work and/or decoratively painted ceilings and floors.
Any information on known painted interiors would be greatly appreciated. All privacy concerns regarding private residences will be respected.
For more information, or to report a historical decoratively painted interior please contact:
Leeann Roy
PO Box 36111, RPO Spring Garden Rd.
Halifax, NS B3J 3S9
(t) (902) 423-4807

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