The Group Travel Leader

Renovation Projects Underway at Winterthur


The Group Travel Leader
Published May 01, 2014

WINTERTHUR, Delaware  —  Two renovation projects are underway to further enhance the visitor experience at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library.

The main $3 million project is an extensive renovation of Winterthur’s shutters and windows, which involves the installation of a bronze-colored Plexiglas layer on each interior frame, which is designed to limit the damage caused to objects due to light exposure.

Following the renovations, the estate’s historic windows will be visible from the outside and the rooms will be filled with welcoming light.

In March, crews erected scaffolding around Henry Francis du Pont’s former 175-room house in order to put in the new light-filtering storm windows, install new shutters, repair damaged woodwork and restore the paint and trim to its original color.

Workers also will assess and improve any balconies needing repair, replace gutters and downspouts as needed, and replace perimeter lighting with new and efficient architectural fixtures.

A smaller $500,000 renovation of the Cottage Conservatory involves various repairs and the installation of LED lighting.