Windows of Opportunity at Maymont Mansion
The windows of Maymont Mansion look out onto a breathtaking landscape and into a world of Gilded Age treasures, but how often does anyone consider the windows themselves?
Their importance was recognized in FY15 with a $145,000 grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and matching funds from the Richard S. Reynolds Foundation. This financial support allowed us to begin a comprehensive window conservation and museum environment improvement project that was planned through a prior IMLS grant, 2009-2010.
This week, new exterior-mounted secondary windows were installed to reduce damaging UV and visible light transmission, protect the original window frames and sashes, and reduce air and moisture filtration and energy consumption. In addition, all interior acrylic panels have been replaced to further enhance the light protection. We don’t expect you to notice a difference – that’s the point! – but this is a big exciting step in preserving the precious collection on display inside the mansion as well as original elements of the historic building itself—Artifact Number One.