Marland Mansion

Ponca City, Oklahoma

Master  architect  John  Duncan  Forsyth,  along  with  artists,  decorators,  and  sculptors  of  international reputation combined their talents to create the Marland Estate, constructed 1925 to  1928. EverGreene’s  scope of work  included  the  conservation  and  restoration  of  four  ceilings  at  the  Marland Mansion—the North and South Salons on the first level, and the Inner and Outer Lounges on the lower level. The goal was to return the ceilings to their original aesthetic state while preserving as much of the historic fabric as possible.

During the investigation Phase, EverGreene conducted a paint analysis in order to clarify which elements  of  the  existing  presentation  were  original  and  which  elements  of  the  painting  and  gilding had been over-painted and determine which elements needed to be conserved or re‐integrated.

EverGreene also performed a Substrata Conditions Survey including physical sounding tests of the surface to identify the current conditions, including the different types of instability and existing pathologies (interlayer cleavage, delamination from wall render, water damage, surface friability, efflorescence, etc.). A Conservation Feasibility Study of the Painted Surfaces determined the feasibility of conserving the painted ceilings through cleaning tests, methods for stabilization of original flaking paint, as well as the removal of non‐historic over-paint and non‐original and discolored varnish.

Implementation  phase  included  plaster  consolidation,  replication  and  installation  of  missing  ornamental plaster (profiling, sculpting, mold making, and casting), removal of efflorescence and  other  substrata  repairs;  surface  conservation  cleaning,  overpaint  removal,  infilling,  and  inpainting to restore the decorative painting scheme. Decorative inpainting included stenciling, hand painting, lining, gilding, and trompe l’oeil.

The  Inner  Lounge  ceiling  is  comprised  of  concrete  beams,  plaster  ceiling  flats  and  original  decorative painting. The scope of work included: plaster consolidation, replication and installation  of  missing  ornamental  plaster  (profiling,  sculpting,  mold-making,  and  casting),  removal of efflorescence and other substrata repairs; removal of discolored varnish coating; application of a reversible isolating barrier, infilling and in-painting to match the existing colors; and application of a non‐yellowing unifying surface coat.