Maintenance – Preservation – Restoration

Eames House

We’ve all heard these terms used in different ways, so how do we differentiate between them?

  • Maintenance includes such familiar tasks as painting, gardening, housekeeping, etc. It is the on-going expense of simply taking care of the normal wear and tear on the property, from the House and contents to the landscape.
  • Preservation includes repairs, plant propagation, tours, and other activities related to maintaining the authenticity of the Eames House.  It includes researching how the House evolved and was used from first-hand sources (people, photographs, films and documents) as well as developing a maintenance plan for the next 250 years. Finally it includes building a concerned community that will join with the Foundation to make sure the House and grounds survive and that the Eames legacy remains relevant to future generations.
  • Restoration includes the repair of substantially damaged items, with an eye to preserving the maximum amount of the original material.

Recent projects include repairs to the plumbing and electrical systems, as well as re-gluing loosened wall fabric. Click here to see Philip Ostler, who came to the Eames House as a boy, when his father hung the original wall fabric.

Other projects include a comprehensive inventory of the House contents, with a focus on capturing their history from those who knew Charles and Ray. Click here for several views of the project process.

We greatly appreciate the generous support from our partners, Herman Miller and Vitra, who have made many of these projects possible.

We invite your help in providing expert guidance and/or funding of various projects on the House and grounds.  Please contact Lucia Dewey Atwood, Board Member-House Preservation, at [email protected] if you have solutions, suggestions or a specific area of interest and expertise.

For more specific examples of projects under consideration, please click here.


The Charles and Ray Eames House Preservation Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to preserving and protecting the Eames House and to providing educational experiences that celebrate the creative legacy of Charles and Ray Eames. Established in 2004, It is a not-for-profit organization officially recognized by the IRS as an organization described within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Code.