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