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Because the height of the gap found in the lath on the north wall matched the height of the paneling in the South Passage, and because the paint conservators found a ghost profile for a paneling cap molding similar to the cap found in the South Passage in the room, it was decided to copy the surviving ca. 1764 paneling found in the South Passage for the three walls in the Dining Room without surviving paneling. The fourth wall's surviving paneling, found on the south elevation, was not used as a template for the reconstructed paneling because it appeared to be part of a distinct design that was used to emphasize the fireplace.


Architect Mark Wenger, architectural historian Jennifer Wilkoski, and restoration crew member Joe Doody inspect a surviving piece of the ca. 1764 paneling from the South Passage.