For my Conservation Workshop class, we’ve been given the opportunity to investigate one of the apartments at 103 Orchard Street. Part of learning about the history of a site is by testing the existing conditions. However, it should be fully acknowledged that any kind of testing is invasive and damaging to the building.
Check out the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) Code of Ethics to learn more about conservation.
Taking paint samples at 103 Orchard Street for the Tenement Museum.
*CORRECTION: Not all testing is destructive! Stay tuned for an upcoming post about an example of non-destructive testing. It is important to explore as many non-destructive testing techniques not only for the sake and money, but also for protecting the historic building.