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Friends of Marland's Grand Home was excited when they unveiled a major project dealing with Marland's history in 2010.
City workers and volunteers aided in lowering the huge canvas from the wall in preparation for restoration.
City workers and volunteers aided in lowering the huge canvas from the wall in preparation for restoration.

Friends of Marland's Grand Home successfully completed several restoration projects recently. After receiving a grant from the late Myra Schultz and the late Maxine Prather, the beautiful 16' x 8' foot painting by acclaimed artist Randall Davey was restored by Carmen Bria of the Western Center for the Conservation of Fine Arts. Mr. Bria spent one week with his assistant repairing and cleaning "The Fox Hunt". Marland commissioned his friend known from their days hunting at the Broadmoor Hotel in Denver and throughout the picture, portraits of many of Marland's friends and relatives are detailed, along with a typical landscape from the Kay County, Oklahoma area.

Because the painting covers an entire wall in the Marland library, a custom picture frame was created by Pierson Gallery in Tulsa. Lighting was provided by Bryant Electric and now the magnifecent painting can once again be viewed by visitors to the home.

 

This is the completed ceiling.
This is the completed ceiling.

After finding three art deco style light fixtures in the attic which were original to the home, Friends of Marland's Grand Home lowered the hallway ceiling eight inches to accomodate new wiring and had the fixtures installed together with track lighting to brighten the photo collection on display in the hallway.

In obvious need of major restoration, the carriage house is a constant reminder of the need for public donations to aid
In obvious need of major restoration, the carriage house is a constant reminder of the need for public donations to aid in its repair.

Although FMGH has been constantly working to help restore and maintain the 1916 home, there is much still left to be done. One project under consideration but still lacking in funds is the restoration of the Carriage House located west of the main building. It is through grants and donations from the public that this project may be possible in the future.