10. The Decorative Plasterwork is Renowned

Courtesy Merchant’s House Museum, Photograph by Dylan Chandler

Look up inside the Merchant’s House and you will be treated to a display of exquisite decorative plasterwork. In a newsletter published in 1993, David Flaharty, a renowned ornamental plaster expert who has worked on locations like the White House and the Met, described the intricate work as “unquestionably the finest designs to survive into the late 20th-century.” Flaharty noted that the plasterwork is “perhaps the single most important feature of the Merchant’s House . One of the major concerns about the construction project next door is that it will cause the delicate plaster details on chandelier medallions, cornices, and moldings to crack.

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