Sometimes, the smallest thing can lead to an exciting new discovery.  Since the Manship House first opened as a museum in 1982, the back porch walls, ceiling, and door frames were all painted a cream color, the same color used for the exterior trim. Recently, a scrape on the back porch door frame uncovered what appeared to be a dark color hidden underneath layers of the cream colored paint.  A small section of the paint was carefully removed from the door frame, exposing mahogany graining underneath, a detail that had previously not been known.  Small sections of all the other door frames were also investigated, and indicated that all the door frames had been grained in imitation of mahogany, to match the doors.  This new discovery provides additional insight on how Charles Henry Manship decorated his home, and will help to guide future restoration efforts.

Manship House back porch.

Mahogany graining underneath layers of paint on door frame.