Annual Cleaning 2014

Every January, Hillwood closes its doors for a few weeks so that the staff can make the Mansion shine!

January 30: Setting the Dining Room table

January 30: Setting the Dining Room table

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January 28: Polishing the wood floors

January 28: Polishing the wood floors

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January 15: TV screens are removed from the Dining Room

January 15: TV screens are removed from the Dining Room

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January 14: Scaffolding installed on the Entry Hall stairs.

January 14: Scaffolding installed on the Entry Hall stairs.

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January 13: Cleaning the Pavilion chandeliers

January 13: Cleaning the Pavilion chandeliers

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January 13: Cleaning the Pavilion chandeliers

January 13: Cleaning the Pavilion chandeliers

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Thursday, January 30

  • The Dining Room table is set with Russian porcelain and glass, and sugar decorations by Ivan Day.
  • The Breakfast Room is returned to its normal configuration. An orchid display is installed in the flower boxes and the table is set with a porcelain service representing St Andrew the First-Called.

Tuesday, January 28

  • More polishing is done of the wood floors.
  • The replica of the Sea Cloud is removed from the First Floor Library and furniture is return to its pre-Living Artfully location.
  • The Living Artfully display cases are removed from the Breakfast Room.
  • The tablecloth is placed on the Dining Room table in anticipation of the new arrangement.

Friday, January 24

Wednesday, January 23

  • Staff buffs and waxes the Second Floor Hallway.

Tuesday, January 22

  • Work begins upstairs. Furniture and objects are move to facilitate cleaning.

Friday, January 17

  • The two hunt scenes by Dutch artist Dirk Langendijk are rehung by members of the Collections staff

Thursday, January 16

  • Conservation staff replace fuses in overhead light fixtures.
  • The Dining Room is prepped for the installation of the Dutch hunting scenes removed for Living Artfully.

Wednesday, January 15

  • The lights in the Entry Hall are changed to new LED bulbs that in addition to conserving energy are also better for the artworks.
  • Conservators remove the TV screens, installed as part of Living Artfully, from the walls of the Dining Room and prepare to rehang the paintings.

Tuesday, January 14

  • Scaffolding is installed on the Entry Hall stairs. This allows staff to reach light fixtures for cleaning, repair, or replacement.
  • Horticulture removes excess branches from the trees around the Japanese Style Garden and the Lunar Lawn Overlook to improve the view of the Washington Monument. 

Monday, January 13

  • Staff begins cleaning the Pavilion chandeliers.
  • The Entry Hall is prepared for scaffolding.
  • Objects are removed from the Dining Room table and surrounding furniture.

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