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John F.Peto Studio Museum Celebrates National Preservation Month

April 30, 2012


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ISLAND HEIGHTS, NJ April 24th 2012. Get a front row seat and learn the fascinating inside story of the restoration of the John F. Peto House, on May 24, 2012, at 102 Cedar Avenue, Island Heights, NJ, at 7PM from awarding winning architect, Michael Calafati. Mr. Calafati, principal architect of the restoration project, will help the John F. Peto Studio Museum celebrate National Preservation Month by presenting an illustrated lecture  entitled, The John F. Peto House and Studio: The Restoration Story. The home built in 1889 by the renowned 19th century American still life painter, John Frederick Peto (1854-1904) located in historic Island Heights, remained in the Peto family for over 115 years until it was purchased and restored by a private benefactor. The magnificent restoration, an intensive three year project, received much critical acclaim including the 2010 New Jersey Preservation Award. The home opened as the John F. Peto Studio Museum in May 2011 as a historic house museum documenting the aesthetics, work habits and lifestyle of an important American artist with all original furnishings, artifacts and paintings.

Mr. Calafati, principal of Michael Calafati Architect, LLC, Cape May, NJ, who also serves as the Chair of AIA-New Jersey’s Historic Resources Committee, and is a Past President of Preservation NJ, has a life-long commitment to historic preservation. The lecture will highlight the property’s restoration process through the use of photographic evidence, documentary sources, building “archeology” and conservation.

In addition, guests will have the special opportunity to view the current exhibition, The Art of the Sail: Marine Paintings and Artifacts from the Bay and Beyond following the lecture.

General Admission: $20; Friends Admission $15; Students $10

For ticket reservations click here.  For more information email or call 732-929-2929.


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