Located in Springwood, Hyde Park, NY (FDR’s home), the South Parlor was where FDR’s mother, Sara, managed the household and estate. Now affectionately known as The Snuggery, it was Sara’s private domain. Some of the oldest and most precious family heirlooms are preserved there.
In 2023, the National Park Service undertook a rehabilitation of The Snuggery, the main focus being the replacement of the wallpaper. The Franklin D. Roosevelt Hyde Park Foundation was pleased to support the NPS’s work on this project. The Donald Borquist Bequest funded the project.
National Park Service staff removed the existing paper and repaired and prepped the walls. Wall repairs included patching penetrations and plaster losses.
Evidence of hand-blocking in the finished product required highly specialized skill to hang the paper correctly. The park worked with Jim Yates, master paperhanger and owner of Historic Wallpaper Specialties. Yates (and his team) brought extensive experience working with historic houses, including Mount Vernon, Montpelier, The Hermitage, Lindenwald, Boscobel, and the White House.
This project coincides with the conservation treatment of several gilt frames from this room and the treatment of a large continental cabinet that requires conservation before it can return to exhibit.
The Snuggery reopened to the public in mid-September 2023.
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