Sargent Hall

Restoration of architectural features

The restoration of the architectural features designed by Sargent in 1916 comprised a significant component of the 2003 restoration. Sargent’s integration of these decorative elements, including ornate gilded moldings in the ceiling, painted wall surfaces, and lighting fixtures with the murals radically altered the hall’s simple appearance as originally designed by the architect Charles McKim. During the 1953 restoration, most of the original decorative paint surfaces were repainted. Fortunately, the gilded relief moldings that adorn the vaulted ceiling were spared and remain intact to this day.
1. Sargent Hall, before 2003 restoration, showing architectural features designed by Sargent (2003 photo)
2. Sargent Hall,1895, as designed by Charles McKim (Boston Public Library)
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