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Hi Alina. I'm sure you are right... I'm not an expert but I cannot think of many European restorations that have tried to reproduce colours like Scheele's Green with modern paints. I wonder if that's because some prefer to try and preserve the original, faded pigments(?) But it was said for many years that Napoleon died in exile because he was poisoned by the arsenic in his Scheele's Green walls and, even is this is not true, I can see that Longwood House on St Helena has been decorated with a fairly strong green in parts. (I'm hoping you'll allow it to be "European" by association for the purposes of this discussion!)

I should also have acknowledged earlier this excellent Houzz article from 2013 by Victoria Finlay on exactly this topic, which I have only just discovered.

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I love to see the historical renovations and have no problem with the taxpayer money being involved. This home seems to be done to perfection but..........................................$14,000,000.00. The house is not the proportions of the Vanderbilt mansion, so yes I am questioning. Government spending completely out of control? Too many "friends" involved?

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That does seem an exorbitant sum to restore a house that appears to be about 8,000 square feet (roughly the size of a
Vanderbilt powder room). However, it is very old house (double the cost), in New
York city (triple the cost), with landmark status (double the cost). That brings the
effective cost down to about $145 per square foot, which is something
approaching a reasonable price.


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