Conservation projects range from restoring the mansion's art works and furnishings to their original luster, to strengthening and securing the entire structure. Mount Saint Mary's University has repaired and cleaned the Pompeian Room's dome and art glass, and completed the second phase of a spectacular restoration of the mansion exterior.
Inside the mansion, the Friends of the Doheny Mansion have restored six paintings, three antique rugs, all of the first-floor chandeliers and lamps, and added new gallery lighting.
"ADOPT A TREASURE"
These priceless furnishings are in serious need of conservation and looking for sponsors to help restore them to their original splendor. Donors will be acknowledged in all Mansion publications as well as a commemorative plaque to be installed on Chester Place.
$40,000 - An exceptional Louis XVI-style Bureau Plat (French Writing Table) with Porcelain Plaques; signed work ca. 1820-23 by Louis-François Bellangé (Great Hall)
$30,000 - Napoleon III Writing Table with Boulle Marquetry (Reception Room)
$26,000 - Napoleon III Ladies' Secretary with Boulle Marquetry (Reception Room)
$25,000 - Louis XVI-style Bureau Plat with extensive gilded mounts including caryatids (Great Hall)
$24,000 - Rococo Revival Bureau Plat (Great Hall)
$12,000 - Louis XV-style China Cabinet (Reception Room)
$10,000 - Pictorial Porcelain-Mounted Table (Library)
For a photographic brochure with further information on these mansion treasures and how you can help, please click here.
José Drudis Biada, "Through the Cherry Trees" (1931) as it neared the conclusion of a full restoration.
Special thanks to William Sessoyeff of Millie Hampshire Studios, who contributed his work and all materials to restore the mansion's first-floor lamps and shades. Also to Barry Amiri of the Rug Affair, who contributed the restoration of an antique rug in the mansion Library.