Tarboro, North Carolina
Client: Private Owner/Preservation North Carolina
Scope of Services: Building Recordation, Condition Assessment, Decorative Painting Assessment, Collection Assessment, Cultural Landscape Report (Funded by the Getty Grant Program)
Coolmore Plantation is one of the great antebellum complexes of North Carolina, consisting of an Italianate style plantation house and an array of outbuildings of similar appearance. The designer, Baltimore architect E. G. Lind, a recent immigrant from England, brought with him the crews to execute the work, including Mr. Dreyer, a Russian immigrant responsible for the fresco painting. The architect also selected the furnishings and decorative finishes to complete his designs.
Remarkably, the house and outbuildings remain intact including the lavish original interior finishes and original furnishings. Assistance from the Getty Grant Program was provided to document the house, outbuildings and landscape, and assess the conditions of all the buildings, the finishes and furnishings.