Mark Twain House & Museum

John Canning & Co. restored the finishes in the Mahogany Suite of the Mark Twain House.


Location: Hartford, CT
Built: Circa 1874
Original Architect: Edward Tuckerman Potter
Style: Victorian Gothic Revival
Status: National Landmark



The Mark Twain House was the home of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, also known as Mark Twain, and Olivia Langdon Clemens and their family.

The Mahogany Suite was their guest quarters where the family would host their guests and close friends. Prior to the restoration, the suite had been closed to the public since 2000. John Canning & Co. restored the architectural woodwork, plaster, and reinstated wallcoverings. The mahogany woodwork was stripped and refinished to the original woodwork to its historic intent. The plaster had sustained serious water damage in several areas and was repaired and restored. The historic wallcoverings were designed by Candace Wheeler, a business partner of Louis Comfort Tiffany. The design, which included spider web and bee features and dates back to the 1850s, was reinstated throughout the space.

 The Mark Twain House is one of the first 100 properties in the nation to be designated a National Historic Landmark.


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