Queen Mary Fine and Decorative Arts Survey and Conservation Management Plan

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The Queen Mary is a world-renowned, retired cruise ship that has become a Southern California historic landmark. Built in the United Kingdom in the 1930s, the ship has been reborn into a popular attraction for tourists as well as an event venue and hotel, and even hosts three world-class restaurants. Queen Mary’s history spans across the Great Depression, World War II where the ship was called to duty in transporting servicemen, and the peak of transatlantic travel in ocean cruise liners.
 
The ship’s historic significance prompted the City of Long Beach to retain ESA to conduct an inventory of the fine art and decorative art objects to document, protect, and properly conserve the ship’s valuable resources. Work included developing a custom database to inventory, classify, catalog, and describe each item along with accompanying photographs.
 
We also prepared a Conservation Management Plan that formulated a program for continuity and consistency in conservation of the ship’s art and artifacts. Designed to be used in part or whole within grant applications and to support fundraising campaigns, the plan was adopted in 2011 and its implementation began with the short-term preservation recommendations for priority conservation projects. The City’s preservation management team plans to routinely revise and update strategies to ensure continued progress.
 
ESA’s Conservation Management Plan for the RMS Queen Mary was awarded the 2012 Preservation Design Award for Cultural Resources Studies and Reports from the California Preservation Foundation.
 

Specialized Services

  • Historic properties treatment plans
  • Historic resources assessment and management
  • Historical investigations, documentation, and plans
  • Preservation treatment and architectural conservation plans

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