Tour of the McLellan House in Portland, ME

Project: Modern Colonial, Episode 23, Part 2



Interior designer Leslie Curtis is back on-site, as is Kevin Murphy from Smith + Noble, who's hanging the new window treatments in the dining room. On an opposing wall, Curtis has chosen to frame and hang examples of antique wallpaper. In the workshop, Ron and Tracy Lindholm (from Cape Cod Picture Framing) show Bob how they assembled and decorated the frames. Offsite, Bob visits the McLellen House at the Portland Museum of Art in Portland, ME.
Part 1: Selecting and Installing Window Treatments
Part 2: Tour of the McLellan House in Portland, ME
Bob visits the McLellan House in Portland, ME, which is part of the Portland Museum of Art. Curator Jessica Nicoll leads Bob on a tour of a recent $8.6 million restoration project.

Highlights from the front hallway include the reproduction wallpaper (modeled after a home in Sutton, MA), the home's original wainscoting, and a painted oilcloth floor.

Bob Cariddi joins Bob to discuss the restoration of the flying staircase, the home's architectural centerpiece. The entire staircase was dismantled and put in storage while necessary structural work was completed. It was later reassembled with new laminated veneer lumber (LVL) supports. At the top of the staircase, the restored Palladian windows are visible. Each window was individually removed and restored.

Back downstairs, Nicoll takes Bob through a front parlor. The parlor's notable features include its bright green wallpaper, detailed moldings, and a false door that was created to maintain symmetry throughout the room.
Part 3: Picture Framing
This project focuses on the construction of a Colonial-style home built with both history and the future in mind. While the 4-bedroom, 4-bath home will have a traditional exterior and interior detailing, the plan will suit the needs of a modern family, including easy-maintenance fireplaces, a great room, master suite, sun room, 3-car garage, and a large walk-out basement with plenty of room for recreation and indoor/outdoor living.

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