The Monterey furniture within the Chateau is unique. It was constructed by the Mason Manufacturing Company of Los Angeles and is all hand-made, mostly from Oregon alder wood. Each of the craftsmen had their own design, generally a floral pattern, which they painted on many of the pieces they made.
Conserving and Restoring the Monterey Furniture
After all these years the designs have either faded or been eliminated during refurbishing. MPF Conservation currently conserved and restored Mason Monterey Furniture from the Oregon Caves National Monument and it since has been returned to the Oregon Caves Chateau. The curatorial staff of the National Park Service (NPS) has been working toward the preservation and reparation since the NPS became the owners of the collection. Collection surveys outlined the basic damage to the collection prior to the NPS ownership.
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Did You Know?
Scorpions fluoresce or glow under ultraviolet (UV) black light. They can glow electric green or blue. Scorpions fluoresce because they contain a fluorescent protein in the upper layer of their exoskeleton. This layer is like your fingernail, but even more protective and tough. The special protein inside is thought by scientists to serve as an ultraviolet sensitivity mechanism, perhaps allowing the scorpion to avoid burning itself by staying exposed too long to damaging light levels.