Preserve the Past, Protect the Future
The goal of the recent restoration of Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay, New York, the family home of our 26th President, was to return it to the 1901-1919 era when Theodore Roosevelt, his wife Edith, and their six children resided there. After TR’s death in 1919, his widow lived there alone until the 1940s, updating the house to meet her needs and understandably, giving away some furnishings to relatives. Still, 85 percent of the Sagamore Hill furnishings are original, making the renovation back to the time when Teddy Roosevelt lived there much easier.
To preserve this landmark for the generations to come, curators were anxious to protect the furnishings, draperies, artwork, paneling and floors from the damaging ultraviolet rays of the sun. With that in mind, Vista by LLumar Dayview window film, a high-tech solar control film that blocks more than 99 percent of the damaging ultraviolet rays, helping protect against premature fading* was selected. It was also used to reduce glare and eliminate hot spots, saving energy by cutting down heat gain. The Sagamore Hill installation was a complex task involving some 350 window panes throughout the house.
The application of Vista Window Film had another added benefit: it meant that window shades which previously had been left down could now be raised during daylight hours to open the rooms up to the vast expanse of surrounding lawns and woodlands...knowing the home and its furnishings were protected for many years to come.