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The restauration of the stairwell finally completed at the Jugendstilsenteret in Ålesund


Welcome back to 1907

The museum received 1 million kroners (80.000 Eur) in grants from a private foundation for the restoration of the main staircase at Jugendstilsenteret. The target was to find and replace the original colours with original techniques and materials as far as possible back to 1907. An old fashionable material, coccolite was also discovered. Coccolite is a product of plaster, strengthened with hair from coconuts. It was not a very common material in the beginning of 20 century and was probably imported from Germany. The coccolite was both firesafe and a very strong material used indoors for walls.
The wooden staircase has also been restored and repaired. It has been treated with linen oil, and gaps have been repaired with hand made iron sticks.
The lighting is a copy from about 1907. The last part of the project was to make copies of the tiles in terracotta colour for the hall.
Nowadays the staircase shines like the original in delicate light green colours and imitated oak on the walls.

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Photo: Picture of the restored staircase, Alesund. Source: Jugendstilsenteret.

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