Conservation of the Interior: Parlor Conservation Project Reaches New Milestone

After a thorough dry-cleaning of the room's walls and ceiling, (as much of the painted decoration is water-based), the next phase of the major conservation project in the Mansion's Parlor looms near: the application of a protective barrier varnish on the original 1860's paint to protect and preserve it for decades to come. Once this [...]

Sugar and Spice, and All That’s Nice: ‘Reproof’, by Edward Russell Thaxter

Nineteenth-century American artists looked to Europe as the omphalos of culture. The painters flocked to Paris, while the sculptors migrated to Florence and Rome, where they could obtain the marble, the mentors, and the ancient models they required to fashion their neo-classical compositions. These expatriate artists chose “’ideal’ subjects—themes from literature, mythology, [...]

Annual Holiday Gala Recap

This year's Gala was a great success, raising nearly $20,000 for the Mansion's preservation and educational initiatives.    Guests enjoyed fabulous food provided by the Cumberland Club, the musical stylings of Viva, signature cocktails, and and great company within the Mansion's decked out interiors.    Thank you to our generous patrons, event partners, and to all [...]

‘Christmas at Victoria Mansion: Ghosts of Christmas Past’ in the Press

Follow the links and watch the videos below to learn more about the Mansion's 2019 holiday season. Now in its fourth decade, 'Christmas at Victoria Mansion' has become a beloved tradition for many in the Greater Portland area and beyond!   Portland Press Herald Society Notebook: Click HERE for images and a rundown of Victoria [...]

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