Utica Rutger Park Mansion Once Had Some of the Most Expensive Wallpaper in the World
Steeped in history and legends, New York is filled with stories of the forgotten, eerie and the weird that influence us everyday. While exploring the Rutger Park Mansion #3 in Utica, we found out some incredible facts about the dining room wallpaper.
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In this extra episode Steven Grant from the Landmarks Society of Greater Utica leads us on a tour of Rutger Park Mansion #3 and tells us an incredible story about the wallpaper in the dining room.
The wallpaper in the mansion's dining room was, as the time, some of the most expensive in the world. The paper, produced in 1855, is called Series of Terrestrial Zones and was originally done in oil by artist Jean Zuber and produced in France by the Rixheim company. The paper cost the equivalent of $14,000 a sheet in today's money.
Rixheim wallpaper from the era is also found in the White House in Washington, DC. Parts of the wall paper in Rutger Mansion #3 are deteriorated due to age and light and water damage in the home.
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