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The 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


Mark Twain House
Mark Twain House
Mark Twain House
Mark Twain House
Mark Twain House
Mark Twain House
"The restoration work completed by John and his team was of the highest caliber and resulted in a stunning room of impeccable historical accuracy.  Previously it had been empty, underutilized, and detrimental to our interpretation plan.  In addition, the museum saw an increase in visitation after the grand opening of the Mahogany Suite. This room is now an important asset when interpreting the life of Samuel Clemens and his family in late 19th-century Hartford for visitors and schoolchildren.  The restoration of the Mahogany Suite has added to this asset immeasurably."

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 design, which included spider web and bee features and dates back to the 1850s, was installed throughout the space.

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


2020 AIA Connecticut Elizabeth Mills Brown Award of Excellence For The Mahogany Suite At The Mark Twain House

2020 Preservation Connecticut Award of Merit For The Mahogany Suite At The Mark Twain House

2020 Traditional Building’s Palladio Award For Craftsmanship

2020 Bulfinch Award for Craftsmanship/Artisanship, ICAA New England Region

2018 AGC BuildCT Small Renovation Award