New Orleans Communion Table flood damaged by Hurricane Katrina, August 2005

Table Before and After conservation.

Table was flooded in New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina, and was probably submerged for two months

Table was severely damaged but every piece was located and kept with the table. The pieces were cleaned and sorted.  

The main carcase was dismantled cleaned and reassembled

Virtually all wood, veneer and carvings were retained. The original finish was also saved and the missing areas were polished to match 



Table was restored to its original golden oak color. 
Most of the original finish remained under the "mahogany" over varnish 


Lower Lodge Conservation provides a full conservation and restoration service for furniture and other objects.
Richard Branyan is a graduate from the conservation course at the University of London's College of Furniture. 

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Richard Branyan was elected a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

He is also a member of the American Museums Association

The Louisiana Conservation Alliance 

The Southeastern Museum Conference

The Mississippi Museums Association


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