New Wallpaper for the Davis House

Captain Elias Davis House (1804) - Cape Ann Museum, Gloucester, MA

The Museum’s Captain Elias Davis House (1804) is getting a long anticipated facelift in the form of new historically appropriate wallpaper for four of its first floor rooms, made possible by the donors to the Fund-A-Need Auction at the 2016 Women’s Luncheon.

Working with Adelphi Paper Hangings of Sharon Springs, New York, four papers, historically appropriate for a coastal New England Federal era home such as the Davis House, have been selected for the project. In the dining room, a striped geometric “harlequin” paper originally produced in the Boston shop of Moses Grant, Jr. will be hung. The front hallway and stairway to the second floor will feature a paper imitating cut stone. According to Richard Nylander, an expert on early American wall coverings, papers designed to look like stone and sometimes marble were favored for entries and stairways during the early 19th century and were considered very fashionable. The front parlor will be papered in Adena Pin Ring, a simple geometric pattern paper, and a complementary Federal era border paper will be used. For the back parlor, Coffered Rosette was chosen, a bold architecturally-inspired paper which dates to the very early 1800s.