WALT WHITMAN HOUSE
Restored bedroom 'Drum Taps' wallpaper
Restored front parlor, sidewall paper 'Halcyon Days'
Wallpaper & colorway, front parlor
A three-year process, work included the installation of a museum-quality environmental control system and the conservation of historic features. Work also involved the design and replication of historic wallpapers, custom woven ingrain carpets, and the replication and restoration of gasoliers, all based on historic photographs and written sources.
The wallpapers, all named after Whitman poems, have been included in Brunschwig & Fils permanent collection. In addition, the house was stabilized structurally to endure future visitor traffic, and the exterior was restored with the correct shiplap and shuttering. Meticulous attention to detail - both architectural and conservation artifact curation -has resulted in a rich historic site that illustrates Whitman's life and times in Camden, NJ.
326 Mickle Street, Camden, NJ
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), State of New Jersey
Date of Completion
Restoration of Walt Whitman's House: 1999
Master Plan for a New Visitor's Center: 2007
Modest in scale, this house is listed as a Local, State and National Historic Landmark. This was the only house Whitman purchased, it contains some of his personal possessions, furniture and family portraits. PACA was first retained to prepare an Historic Structures Report (HSR) and Interior Furnishings Plan and to restore the house to the period when Walt Whitman resided there (1884-1892).
Upon completion of the HSR, PACA's second commission was the implementation of the recommendations to restore and repair the historic house. The scope of work included the replication of wall coverings, lighting, carpets and paneling. The adjacent row house became a third commission to rehabilitate the resident curator's apartment and Walt Whitman Association Library and offices.
Walt Whitman in the front parlor, ca. 1886
Front parlor, ca. 1886
REHABILITATION & RECONSTRUCTION, CONSERVATION & REPLICATION
Exterior elevation, Mickle Blvd, after restoration, 1998
RESTORED BEDROOM, "DRUM TAPS' WALLPAPER
Restored front parlor, 1999. Custom carpet, wallpaper & lighting