Three of the formal reception rooms of the Nickerson House feature ceilings composed of painted canvas panels: the Library; the Front Parlor; and the Drawing Room. The panels, which are original to the house, are actually hand-painted canvases, exquisitely stenciled and stretched across wooden strainers.
The ceiling panels were among the first elements of the house to be addressed in the restoration. Before any other work began within the historic rooms of the residence, the ceiling panels in each room needed to be carefully mapped, catalogued, and removed. In 2004, Parma Conservation, a Chicago-based firm that specializes in the conservation of paintings, frescoes, and murals, was engaged to develop a conservation plan to remove and treat the historic ceiling panels of the Nickerson House.