Eustis Estate

Haberstroh’s Paint Technique (manual page)

Decorative line drawing border around ad reading L. Haberstroh and Son, Mural decorations for the interior of churches, theatres, public buildings and private dwellings, ceilings and walls treated in oil, wax or distemper colors, figure painting a specialty."

In 1889 Albert Haberstroh, whose firm did the decorative paintwork inside the mansion, published a book titled Art in Decoration. In it, he describes a decorative paint technique he used in a Boston hotel. The description bears a striking similarity to the paint from the Eustis dining room:

“The general tone is subdued gold, but there are interspersed bits of color at just the right places, which keep the walls from staring at you and becoming too bold, and admits of no incongruity or jarring in conjunction with the whole.”