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In our four decades in the trade, John Learnard and the Color Alchemists have developed a deep affinity for the unique vernacular architecture found in the nation’s capital area. We have always felt an obligation to the historic builders, to future generations and to the preservation of these unique buildings, that they should continue to endure as a result of our efforts. For this reason, we are attentive to the buildings themselves, and learn from them every day.

This approach to the work benefits the current owners, our clients, because quality historic work costs far less when one factors in performance over time.  Preservation of the authentic original elements is not just a matter of preference, but rather the superior method for extending their life. In other words, it is the building maintenance method that produces the best return on investment.

Be sure to check out our historic reproduction millwork site to see some of our custom molding work, produced in-house.