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November 16, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

National Wallpaper Expert Robert M. Kelly to Present Two Talks on Historic Paper Hangings

Bolling & Company, local purveyor of rare antique wallpapers, is proud to bring internationally prominent wallpaper installer and researcher Robert M. Kelly to Portland for two fascinating talks. Based in Lee, Massachusetts, and known online as The Wallpaper Scholar, Robert is a passionate, entertaining paperphile who brings a totally unique perspective to enjoying the ubiquitous yet often under-appreciated interior design traditions of wallpaper.

Following the “Paper” Trail of Henry W. Corbett – Wallpaper in the Oregon Territory, 1857-1858
10am, Saturday, November 16th, 2013
Architectural Heritage Center, 701 SE Grand Avenue, Portland
Members: $10 General Public: $15 Tickets & Event Details
Seating is limited – early ticket purchase is strongly recommended

In late 1857, before Oregon was even a state, leading Portland pioneer and merchant Henry W. Corbett placed an order for close to 7,000 rolls of wallpaper from the Croton Mfg. Company of New York. Loaded aboard the clipper ship “Ocean Express” (built in 1854), it took 124 days to reach San Francisco around the Horn. And that was just the beginning of its journey…

After discovering a rare record of this remarkable transaction in the Warshaw Collection at the Smithsonian Institution, wallpaper installer and researcher Robert M. Kelly began piecing together the stages in this early mercantile supply chain, revealing the untold story – presented here for the very first time – of wallpaper distribution in the antebellum Pacific Northwest, from printing in East Coast factories through shipment and distribution to retailers throughout the Oregon Territory, to installation in the wood-frame cabins and more substantial residences of the region.

Wallpapering the White House: The Inside Story
3:30pm, Saturday, November 16th, 2013
Bolling & Company, Second Floor in Rejuvenation, 1100 SE Grand Avenue, Portland
General Public: $10 Tickets & Event Details
Seating is limited – early ticket purchase is strongly recommended

Wallpaper is enjoying a resurgence of interest and creativity today, from humble ranches to the high-style homes of the celebrity elite. But you’d be hard-pressed to find a more important address than 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Join Robert M. Kelly, paperhanger to seven Presidents and one First Lady (admittedly, not all of them alive at the time), as he takes us from his own blue-collar beginnings to the Blue Room, and get a glimpse of the backstory of wallpaper along the way.
This presentation will explore some of the public and private rooms of the White House, reveal the paper treasures that hang on its oft-redecorated walls, recount stories of hard-won successes and near disaster, and even pass on a few tricks of the trade for hanging wallpaper in oval rooms – in case yours is the same shape as the President’s. Don’t miss this one-time event


November 16, 2013
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Architectural Heritage Center
701 SE Grand Ave.
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