Washington’s Patterson Mansion, designed by architect Stanford White, had worn-out hardwood ballroom floors. Quarter-sawed white oak floors were installed in a herringbone pattern. The floors are original to the house; they were more than one hundred years old. Due to their age, the floors had experienced multiple sanding and substantial loss of original material due to the herringbone pattern. It would be safe to say the floors had been sanded a minimum of three to four times. The amount of wood lost was beginning to show in structural failure along the tongue and groove of the wood. We applied Passive Refinishing which refinishes a floor with no sanding.
About Washinton’s Patterson Mansion
Situated at 15 DuPont Circle in Washington, DC, the Patterson House was designed by Stanford White for Robert Patterson, editor of the Chicago Tribune. Built in 1900, Patterson House is now the home of The Washington Club. Its rooms are one of the prime sites to lease for receptions, luncheons and other social functions. Using Passive Refinishing® the old coatings, all layers, were removed. The 100 year old oak hardwood floors did not lose any wood at all.
Too Much Sanding
Generally speaking, after decades of use the were showing the effects of too much use and too little care. There was damage to the old finish from careless film crews who had applied masking tape directly to the hardwood surface and pulled its finish off.
Before long, the entire ballroom started to shed its dirty and discolored finish and the old wood was found to be strong and sturdy. The removal of old coatings and restoration of hardwood floors took place on the large second floor landing. A beautiful mahogany inlay came out of hiding. In the dining room, the rare burled veneer heart pine flooring was still intact. After cleaning it up the handsome graining shined. With the application of an oil finish, the rooms were restored to their original beauty and the hardwood flooring received full protection. The ballroom was then ready for more decades of entertaining and celebration. Patterson House is now once again the grand dame of DuPont Circle and part of the historic fabric of Washington, DC.
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