Phase VI, the restoration of historic furnishings, is progressing behind the scenes. Thanks to prestigious national funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Graycliff Historic Report and Collections Assessment was recently completed. This research, by Pamela Kirschner and Scott Perkins, will inform the Conservancy's efforts to accurately furnish the interiors and care for the collection.
With the completion of these reports as guides, Graycliff is commissioning the reproduction of key pieces and acquiring others from collectors and donors far and wide. In 2017, we have received a replica of the cypress shelving unit that divided the living room from the fern room, providing definition for each space. Built by Wright furniture maker Stafford Norris, the shelves offer a perch for the Pippa Passes statue which was given by Darwin to Isabelle as a Christmas present in 1916.
Additional wicker furniture has been acquired, a beach scene watercolor painted by Margaret Foster in the 1930s has been reframed an displayed in the sun porch, place settings now grace the dining room table, and personal items are appearing on furnishings throughout the house.