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The Salon Doré from the Hôtel de La Tremoille

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The Salon Doré from the Hôtel de La Trémoille is one of the finest examples of French Neoclassical interior architecture to be found in the United States. Richly carved and ornately gilded, it was designed during the reign of Louis XVI as the main salon de compagnie of the Hôtel de La Trémoille on the rue Saint-Dominique in Paris.

After being moved no less than seven times since 1877, its appearance and presentation was greatly changed from its original aspect. For a period of 18 months from 2012 to 2014, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco closed the Salon Doré and the adjacent British art gallery to allow for the comprehensive conservation and renovation of this important 18th-century period room.

Over the course of the conservation and renovation project, curators, conservators, and architects reinstated the room's original floor plan, restored the gilding and paint, repaired and replaced key carved elements, and installed an 18th-century parquet floor, a coved ceiling, windows, and a new lighting scheme.

In its new installation, a new program of period furnishings brings renewed focus to the room's character and original purpose by demonstrating the social function of the room as a salon de compagnie, or a formal room for receiving guests and conversation. The renovated Salon Doré at the Legion of Honor is a truly groundbreaking museum display that sets a new standard for American period rooms.

Learn more on our website at legionofhonor.org/salondore
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The Salon Doré from the Hôtel de La Trémoille is one of the finest examples of French Neoclassical interior architecture to be found in the United States. Richly carved and ornately gilded, it was designed during the reign of Louis XVI as the main salon de compagnie of the Hôtel de La Trémoille on the rue Saint-Dominique in Paris.

After being moved no less than seven times since 1877, its appearance and presentation was greatly changed from its original aspect. For a period of 18 months from 2012 to 2014, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco closed the Salon Doré and the adjacent British art gallery to allow for the comprehensive conservation and renovation of this important 18th-century period room.

Over the course of the conservation and renovation project, curators, conservators, and architects reinstated the room's original floor plan, restored the gilding and paint, repaired and replaced key carved elements, and installed an 18th-century parquet floor, a coved ceiling, windows, and a new lighting scheme.

In its new installation, a new program of period furnishings brings renewed focus to the room's character and original purpose by demonstrating the social function of the room as a salon de compagnie, or a formal room for receiving guests and conversation. The renovated Salon Doré at the Legion of Honor is a truly groundbreaking museum display that sets a new standard for American period rooms.

Learn more on our website at legionofhonor.org/salondore Show less

The Salon Doré: Conservation of a Period Room Play

Your inside look at the yearlong conservation project designed to conserve and restore the Legion of Honor's 18th-century French period room, the Salon Doré of the Hôtel de la Trémoille.

See the conservation in action in Gallery 13 at the Legion of Honor, where conservators will work in full view of the public!

legionofhonor.org/salon-dore
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