Microscope Architectural Conservation Services
Historic materials and building assessment & analysis
John Vaughan John Vaughan lecturing on paint analysis at Lorenzo Mansion, Cazenovia, NY.

Principal John B. Vaughan's education at Roger Williams University's Historic Preservation Program, in conjunction with his in-field experience gives him a unique overview and broad understanding of historic materials, techniques, and building systems.

Within Mr. Vaughan's role as an Architectural Conservator, he has undertaken the investigation, analysis, and implementation of numerous conservation and preservation projects - from developing methodologies for the consolidation of porcelain enamel panels from 20th century diners and service stations, to the restoration of the elaborate exterior bas-relief stucco of the Fleur de Lys art studio in Providence, RI.

Specializing in the analysis of historic paints and decorative finish, some of Mr. Vaughan's work in this specialized field has included the discovery and uncovering of significant overpainted decorative schemes, microscopic analysis of the color and sequencing of applied finishes, relative dating of architectural elements, and demonstrations of historic paint-making. Past projects include such significant sites as President James Madison's Montpelier, the Harriet Tubman House and Church, the Mark Twain House, Secretary of State William Seward's Residence, and Mormon Founder Joseph Smith's House.


2005 Materials Conservation Award for the Maddock Alumni Center/Goddard-Iselin House, Providence Preservation Society

2001 Excellence in Historic Preservation Award for the Joseph Smith Farmhouse, Preservation League of New York State.

1999 Preservation Craftsmanship Award for the Fleur de Lys Arts Studio, Providence Preservation Society.

Uncovering decorative ceiling stenciling at the Goddard, Iselin House (Brown University, Maddock Alumni Center), Providence, RI.
Original ceiling stenciling revealed at the Goddard, Iselin House (Brown University, Maddock Alumni Center), Providence, RI.