Lieutenant Governor's Suite Restoration
In 1989 restoration work was undertaken in the three, second floor rooms of the Lieutenant Governor's suite. Conservation began with Donald MacGregor's Venus and Two Loves ceiling mural, which had sustained water damage from leaking water pipes on the floor above. An ornate foliated design surrounding the mural, which had been discovered during the paint analysis, was also recreated. A most unusual historic paint finish was discovered on the walls — the use of airbrush techniques designed to create a gold spatter effect over the vibrant green wall paint.
During the time of the restoration several unique pieces of historic furniture, designed exclusively for the Lieutenant Governor's private office, were discovered in an office building on Front Street in Harrisburg. A leather sofa and several club-style chairs shown in the 1906 Capitol photographs and also identified in the original furniture line drawings of Joseph Huston were restored and returned to the Lieutenant Governor's office. Additionally in 1999, the original Lieutenant Governor's desk was discovered at a state surplus sale at the Farm Show building. This was also recovered, restored, and returned to its original location in the Lieutenant Governor's office.
VENUS & TWO LOVES RESTORATION
RESTORED LT. GOVERNOR'S OFFICE