The Restoration of the Winslow Homer Studio

After Winslow Homer’s death, his studio remained in family hands until 2006, when the PMA purchased the structure from the artist’s descendants. Over the course of the 20th century, the family made numerous architectural renovations and the harsh weather conditions along the seashore took its toll on the structure.

The PMA acquired the Winslow Homer Studio with the goal of returning the building to how it appeared during Homer’s lifetime and of preserving this significant historic site for posterity. For this significant restoration project, completed in 2012, museum staff worked collaboratively with a team of art historians, architectural historians, preservation architects, structural engineers, carpenters, and many more specialists. Some of the major restoration activities involved removing posthumous structural changes to the studio; stabilizing and waterproofing the building’s foundation and chimney; returning exterior and interior walls, windows, and other elements to their original appearance; and making the second-story balcony—what Homer called his “piazza”—structurally sound through the addition of an internal, steel-beam support system.

The restored Winslow Homer Studio provides a vivid and intimate experience of Homer’s life and work during the several decades that he resided at Prouts Neck. The PMA is thrilled to offer tours of the Winslow Homer Studio to complement its collections of works of art by Homer, and to share this important piece of American cultural history with generations of visitors.