The word around the Encore Park Project Committee (ProComm) is “Burma Jade.” It’s that classy green color that is returning to the window frames. How did we decide to go with Burma Jade? First, the ProComm, working with architect Jon Rollins at Good Fulton & Farrell, determined to return 508 Park as much as possible to how it appeared in 1930 when construction on the building was completed. The team of experts was expanded by reaching out to Phoenix 1 Restoration and Construction, a Dallas-based business with expertise in historic building restoration. Dale Sellers of Phoenix 1 asked art conservator Michael van Enter, of van Enter Studio Ltd, to do a historic paint analysis of 508 Park. van Enter has been involved in conservation of several historic buildings including restoring the historic iron work at Union Station. Phoenix 1 received the Preservation Dallas Award for Craftsmanship for 2014, and van Enter for 2006.
After viewing samples taken from the building under a microscope, van Enter determined that the newel posts, the balusters, and many of the walls, columns, interior windows, and doors were originally Burma Jade. One detail photo of an exterior metal window frame showed the exposed green paint layer. Analysis revealed that subsequent layers of darker green paint covered the original, lighter green paint, but the original could still be espied.
We’re excited to watch this new (old) paint return to 508. We’re even more excited to be working with such excellent historic restoration companies that enable us to make wise decisions. Can everyone smile and say “Burma Jade”?