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The palace's main entrance on Pohjoisesplanadi has been given a more distinguished and stately appearance. A red damask pattern carpet leads palace guests up the stairs. Photo: Soile Tirilä / National Board of Antiquities 2014The staircase regained a marbling painting observed in late 19th century black-and-white photographs. Investigation on the third-floor landing revealed original colour hues and fragments. Photo: Office of the President of the Republic
The entrance on Mariankatu has also been reworked. Staircase leading to the Atrium from the foyer of the Mariankatu entrance. Photo: Soile Tirilä / National Board of Antiquities 2014View from the Atrium to the upper balcony which displays portraits of Finnish presidents' spouses. . Photo: Soile Tirilä / National Board of Antiquities 2014
	Changes to the large spaces of the Hall of State and Hall of Mirrors are virtually undetectable. The palace's crystal chandelier and old light fittings were given a thorough overhaul. Photo: Office of the President of the RepublicThe modernised building services were concealed within the wall and floor structures. Acoustics in the Hall of State were enhanced. Photo: Office of the President of the Republic
Decorative painting on the roof of the Gothic Hall has regained its 19th-century appearance. Altogether there have been five phases of painting of the cupola of the Gothic Hall. The newly restored appearance is the oldest original surface from the second phase. Photo: Soile Tirilä / National Board of Antiquities 2014Altogether there have been five phases of painting of the cupola of the Gothic Hall. The newly restored appearance is the oldest original surface from the second phase. Photo: Office of the President of the Republic
The pattern of the roof contains various decorative foliage subjects and grisaille painting giving a three-dimensional effect. Photo: Soile Tirilä / National Board of Antiquities 2014The walls of the Gothic Hall are decorated with ancient provincial and civic coats of arms estimated to date from the end of the 19th century. Originally the wall had been intended for display of portraits of the imperial family. Photo: Office of the President of the Republic
Restoration of the provincial and civic coats of arms bordering the roof of the Gothic Hall took place in spring 2014. Photo: Office of the President of the RepublicThe Gothic Hall was restored in spring 2014. Photo: Office of the President of the Republic
The colour palette in the small halls on the second floor was modelled on colours of the Empire period combined with a modern rendering of colours discovered within the palace itself. Colour research had already begun before the renovation. The President of the Republic's study awaits the arrival of its furniture. Although colours date from the Empire period, the wall coverings in the hall are of modern design. ‘There has been a running dialogue between the design of the colour palette and the overall composition of the spaces and furnishings. As the halls are not meant for work, we ventured to use bold and forceful colours,’ says interior architect Assi Sandelin.  Photo: Soile Tirilä / National Board of Antiquities 2014
All palace drapes that were still usable were recycled and given a new appearance. Works of art located in the Presidential Palace were conserved at the Ateneum Art Museum. During the repair work these were on display at the Ateneum and at the Tikanoja Art Museum in Vaasa. Two large battle paintings at one time moved to storage at the National Museum of Finland were conserved and will be returned to the Presidential Palace (Beidemaan and Swertschkoff).  Photo: Soile Tirilä / National Board of Antiquities 2014
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