conservation team at work in the north
end of Sargent Hall

The 2003 Restoration

In November 2002, conservators from the Straus Center for Conservation, in collaboration with the architectural firm Shepley, Bullfinch, Richardson and Abbott, began a 15-month restoration of Sargent Hall at the Boston Public Library. The project addressed concerns about the heavy dirt obscuring Sargent’s Triumph of Religion murals, last cleaned in 1953. It aimed to restore the murals as well as to reinstate Sargent’s original decorative paint and lighting schemes for the Hall. Five to six conservators, supported by the analytical science staff of the Straus Center, worked full time for just over a year to clean and stabilize the murals.
The conservation team from the Straus Center for Conservation at work in the north end of Sargent Hall (2003 photo)
The Triumph of Religion