Flagler Museum Restoration

Palm Beach, Florida. 1998-2006.

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In the Flagler Museum restoration, under the best of circumstances, the hundred year old hardwood floors of this structure would be faced with challenges. Considering the history of Whitehall, especially its 30-year life as a hotel and the climate of south Florida, these challenges were multiplied. The French parlor floor was the focus of our attention. Its maple herringbone design in the field was surrounded with a pattern design on the perimeter of the room, using maple, beech and mahogany. The room had significant buildup of finishes and widespread termite damage. All flooring was tongue and groove and the thickness and width was nonstandard. All replacement wood had to be milled on site, in the room.