Thanks to a $2,000 grant from the Jon W. Lundin Historical Preservation Fund, a bedroom at Tinker Swiss Cottage is getting a facelift.
The money will go toward the restoration of the south bedroom suite on the cottage's second floor. The upstairs bedrooms as a whole were wallpapered in the 1940s and 1950s, but have not received much attention other than that.
With the grant, given through the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, Graphic Conservation Co. will examine the historic wallpaper beneath the 1940s floral pattern and find the best way to restore the original look of the room.
"Our agency has restored numerous parts of the interior and exterior of the Cottage over the years, in addition to many of the original Tinker artifacts," Curator Ashley Downing said. "This grant from the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois will give us additional resources to continue to improve the authenticity of the Cottage and we will finally have the chance to tackle the last interior restoration projects."
Graphic Conservation will visit the cottage on February 20 to examine the wallpaper. They will also unveil a restored letter from Robert Tinker to his wife Mary. The public will be able to view the letter, other past work by Graphic Conservation, and meet the team as they work during tours offered at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Tinker Swiss Cottage is located at 411 Kent Street in Rockford.
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