Chandler House Renovation Updates

Restoring the Chandler House

The Currier Museum of Art is renovating the George Byron Chandler House, an architectural treasure from the late 19th century that sits across the street from the museum. The main floor of the house preserves impressive stained glass windows, original wallpaper, and fine wood carving. These areas will be open the public as an expansion of the museum, specifically to represent New Hampshire in the 19th century.

We need your help to renovate this beautiful home to its original glory. The Currier Museum of Art aims to raise over $2 million dollars in order to support the work ahead, and also develop an endowment for future upkeep and maintenance, public access, outreach, and education programs. Help us save this historically and architecturally significant building for generations to come by making your gift today.

Donate to the Restoration Fund

We will update this page as progress continues. Please check back often for updates and follow us on Facebook and Instagram @CurrierMuseum. We appreciate your support! 


October 2021

Red mortar? Yes, analysis revealed that mortar on the Chandler house was red, so repointing is being done in red.
Mortar actually does not contain cement, just pure lime, sand, and water. The recipe for Chandler red mortar is 2 parts lime, 8 parts red pigment, 6 parts sand. Add water to desired consistency and stir – like moist granulated sugar. 
We hope you are loving these updates! Don't forget, we need YOUR help to continue work on this fascinating project.
Make your gift at the link above!


This cheery fellow, and the decorative foliage surrounding him, is from the top of the south chimney. The upper three feet of the chimney were dangerously unstable and were dismantled by the preservation masons. The terracotta sculptures are in good condition and will be reinstalled as the chimney top is reconstructed. Want to get involved? Make your gift today!


September 2021

Another #RestoreTheChandlerHouse update! 
Columns, bannisters, and railings from the deteriorated porch are being inventoried. Pieces in good condition will be restored and reused. Where necessary, new parts will be constructed to closely match the shape and materials of the originals. Over 250 feet of custom railing and 300 turned parts make up the decorative woodwork on the wrap around front porch.
Want to be a part of this amazing (and HUGE!) project?! Make your gift to help support the restoration of the Chandler House today:
Donate to the Restoration Fund



You may have noticed that preservation masons have begun work on the Chandler house. The beautiful chimneys are being repaired and repointed and the crumbling north east wall is being reconstructed to protect them from another harsh New Hampshire winter.

Restoring the Chandler House is a huge project and we need your help! You can support our Chandler House Restoration project by making your gift today.