Cornerstone Architectural Products recently announced a planned partnership with Victoria Mansion of Portland, Maine. The collaborative effort will result in a new line of fireplace mantels, the sales of which will benefit the mansion’s fund raising and awareness endeavors.
The Victoria Mansion is a treasured Portland landmark, but its significance extends far beyond Maine. Distinguished for its architecture and its extraordinary original interiors, it is among the most important historic homes of the nineteenth century anywhere in the nation.
To decorate his summer retreat, New Orleans Hotelier, Ruggles Morse contracted with Gustave Herter, a German-trained cabinetmaker and interior designer who immigrated to New York City in 1848. Herter Brothers, which he founded, was to become the most influential design firm in the United States during the second half of the nineteenth century. Victoria Mansion is the only Herter commission that survives intact.
Among the many glories of the house are six hand-carved marble fireplaces. Cornerstone Architectural Products’ Victoria Mansion Collection is inspired by these beautiful ornate mantels. A portion of every sale goes to support the continuing care and restoration of the Victoria Mansion.
Schedule a tour of the Victoria Mansion to see these works of art for your self – visit: victoriamansion.org