In ca. 1830, an unknown itinerant painter/stenciller came to the area and executed the extraordinary stencil decorations. Later, the walls were wallpapered repeatedly.
Part of this study was to determine a means of removing the wallpaper without further damage to the stencil decoration. Steaming provided the appropriate solution, however, it must proceed with the greatest care, as the stencil decoration was executed in distemper, a water-soluble paint that is delicate.