Over dinner, with candlelight flickering off the antique glass and curved fretwork of the built-ins flanking the fireplace, the same question never fails to come up. Is everything in this room original? Well the horsehair plaster is original and now seamless thanks to the painstaking application of thin layers of stabilizing canvas. The mortise and tenon joinery used in the new crown moldings and chair rails matches perfectly to what would have existed when the town home was originally built. And even that astounding pair of rounded top, ten-foot built-ins now bear little resemblance to the “original” state they were found in. For us the greatest compliment on this project continues to be that no one can believe that F. H. Perry was ever here.