We are excited to announce that the painting of the interior walls is completed! The interior wall painting project was a challenging and meticulous project that we are extremely proud to have supported through a $115,000 donation to California State Park. The project is significant in several ways:

Refreshed Look and Protection from the Elements

The Fort’s adobe and brick walls are now protected with breathable white paint that was specially formulated for the historic walls. The new paint not only looks great–but we believe this project will provide decades of protection from the Sacramento heat and winter rains.

The Color is Now Historically Accurate

The new green tirm color, which replaces decades of blue-grey paint, was selected after investigating hidden paint layers. Interestingly, there are also written records of John Sutter purchasing green paint from Fort Ross on the Sonoma Coast. While we will likely never know exactly what color existed on the Fort walls during the 1840s and 1850s, all clues point to this shade of green!

A Community Made this Happen

We want to give our sincere thanks to our California State Parks Capital District Maintenance Team, Tim Gellinck and Tim White, who worked diligently to make sure this project was completed with the best results possible.

We also want to thank all of our supporters who helped fund this project. Your support will ensure that Sutter’s Fort is preserved and protected for future generations to come.

If you would like to know more about this project or are interested in supporting future restoration and preservation projects, please contact Linsey Fredenburg Humes, Executive Director, at linsey@suttersfort.org.