251 north West Street, Feeding Hills
Built c 1757
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Watching paint dry, Sounds like an easy enough job. However, when the paint you’re watching has been drying for over 250 years and has numerous layers of various types of paints, the job becomes a little more technical. The Agawam Historical Association recently applied for and received a grant from the Felicia Fund Inc., which provides funding for projects primarily on the northeastern seaboard of the United States relating to architecture, art, decorative arts, historic preservation, conservation and related educational pursuits.
The association believed that an on-
Dyan and John Vaugh of Architectural Conservation Services record paint sample data collected from the Thomas Smith House for future lab analysis.
The husband and wife team of Dyan and John Vaughan of Architectural Conservation
Services of Bristol, R.I. Was chosen to conduct the on-
“Perhaps an indication that at an earlier time some other means of accessing the second floor was in place prior to the present staircase,” stated Vaughan.
Once the samples have been analyzed, tested and documented, the association will receive an extensive written report outlining Architectural Conservation’s findings.
By: Judith Anderson
Agawam Historical Association
John Vaughan of Architectural Conservation Services, using 40x monocular field scope to examine walls of south parlor.