Stain Remover

And the winner is…


Each week we are faced with decisions about the final finishes for our new spaces. This week’s choice is the stain color for our floors. Our galleries and special event spaces will feature a mixture of recycled and new hardwood floors. Many of these floors have been hidden under wall-to-wall carpet for decades. So what color stain should be used to unify all of our spaces on the main and lower level?

And the winner is: GOLDEN OAK!

Just imagine a 19th century map of Richmond painted on this beautiful floor!

Are you curious about our progress? Join us for a Hard Hat Happy Hour happening every Wednesday from 4:30-6:00 p.m. You can contact me for more information or RSVP online and let me know you’ll be coming by.

If you would like to help keep us calm and hammering on, you can support the History Center on our secure donation page at /give.

Bill Martin, Director

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RVA50 Object 28 “Mourning Dress, 1863”

Mourning Dress, 1863
Worn by Mrs. Benjamin Rose
Silk, cambric
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RVA50 Object 27 “Abraham Lincoln Bust, 1943”

Abraham Lincoln Bust, 1943
Jo Davidson
Plaster cast by Alva Studios, NY
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