The drapery project was funded in part with a generous grant of $48,000 from the New York State Park and Trail Grant Program (NYSPTGP) for “Keeping Up Appearances: Maintaining Opulence of Staatsburgh’s Grand Formal Dining Room.”
The custom made materials used to make the drapes very closely replicate the Gilded Age materials of the mansion’s historic drapes. Drapery fabric was made by Kravet/Lee Jofa and trims, tie-backs and tassels were supplied by Samuel & Sons.
Volunteers from Embroidery Guild of America worked many hours on the creation of the stunning new drapes for the room’s 5 enormous windows.
The Friends funded the re-painting of portions of the room’s ceiling where the peeling paint detracted from the splendor of the room.
Mrs. Mills was renowned for the quality of her linens. To complete the refreshed setting and to reflect her special concern for this aspect of entertaining, the Friends purchased a stunning, linen damask tablecloth for the 15-foot dining table, custom made in Ireland.