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Marland Mansion Side Tour

Ornaments Above You - A Tour Of Ceilings

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There are two decorative barrel ceilings in the mansion. One is found in the formal dining room on the entry level. The second is located above the stairway and landing on the upper level. Both ceilings are made of plaster and were cast at bench level then raised, all in one piece and are held in place by cables.

E.W. Marland was raised as an aristocrat and fancied himself somewhat as royalty. In each of the squares in the dining room ceiling you'll notice the pattern of the Scottish thistle, and in each circle, the English Tudor rose. These two flowers represent Mr. Marland's heritage; his mother being of Scottish descent and his father, English. The English Tudor rose is also a universal symbol of royalty.

Other designs in the ceiling carry out the royal theme with castle turrets, crowns and fleur-de-lis.

The upper level ceiling contains many of the same elements highlighted by the diamond pattern. The Italian stucco walls and bronze and glass light fixtures help accent the molded ceiling.