By Lynne Adkins

CHADDS FORD, Pa. (CBS) — Starting this summer, art lovers can tour the Brandywine Valley studio where Andrew Wyeth worked.

It took the Brandywine Conservancy a year to clean up the old house where Andrew Wyeth painted from 1940 until 2008, and starting this summer, people can purchase timed tickets to view the space. Frolic Weymouth, Conservancy Founder, says the structure–which was built in 1875–was a mess. The roof and chimney were falling in, and it needed a lot of TLC, but it was worth it.

“Wyeth is one of the most important painters in American history, and people want to see that. Once you go to it and see how he works, you have a much better understanding of his work,” Weymouth explains.

The studio is down the road from the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, and visitors will be able to see it starting July 3rd.