Historic Preservation

Color Alchemist Company of Painters specializes in historic preservation and building restoration.  Shown here are a number of historic homes in the Old Town neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia, a city associated with George Washington.  From a painters's perspective, historic preservation requires a comprehensive approach to substrate repairs, always insuring a sound, stable, waterproof surface over which to apply the paint film.  The following projects illustrate how this principle may be applied.


Related Projects

Mansard Townhouse with Shutters

Mansard Townhouse with Shutters


This historic Victorian mansard jewel stood out when restored and painted by the Color Alchemists.

18th Century Shotgun House

18th Century Shotgun House


This simple looking late eighteenth century townhouse exterior was fully restored by the Color Alchemists. Existing built up paint layers were removed by hand. Note the narrow alley typical of this urban setting. 

Stucco and Wood

Stucco and Wood


Stucco was applied over the end of this wood frame house, adjacent to the narrow alley between houses.  The Color Alchemists made extensive repairs to the woodwork before any paint was applied. 

Polychrome Colonial House

Polychrome Colonial House


Application of a number of colors give an elegant touch to this otherwise relatively simple colonial townhouse.

Brick Townhouse

Brick Townhouse


The Color Alchemist Company of Painters restored the paint and woodwork of this historic brick townhouse.  Being accountable for the paint film, it was incumbent upon us to address all adjacent waterproofing and stability issues.  Note the deterioration of mortar joints around the basement window, cut...