Mason Monterey at the Oregon Caves

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The furniture in the Chateau was designed and built by Frank Mason, who founded the Mason Manufacturing Company of Los Angeles in 1919.  The company began as a lamp manufacturing company, but Mason moved into making “Monterey” furniture within a year, growing out of a demand from the Hollywood design studios.  The style is derived from Spanish and Dutch Colonial, Pennsylvania Dutch, California Mission architecture and furnishings, cowboy accoutrements such as might even be found in a barn (lariats and branding irons), and simple ranch furnishings.

(Right, an old postcard image of the Chateau lounging area with Monterey furniture.)

Originally the line was marketed by Barker Brothers, but eventually the line was also marketed by various departments stores across the country.  The Chateau purchased the line through Meier & Frank in Portland, Oregon.

Rumors abound that Mason used Oregon alder in the construction, however, we have found several woods used in the original line.

Some publications also give the impression that the Mason company used a half dozen colors in their finishes, but our research shows they were inventive and experimental and the line of colors was much larger, and variations existed from batch to batch. An example of this is the green color shown, right, in an A-Frame chair, which we are calling “Chateau Green.” It is a variation on Spanish Green, which is also seen in the Chateau, shown on the woven leather ladder-back, right. The base color of the “Chateau Green” is much lighter and quite blue, so it presents itself as a minty green, as opposed to the olive tones of Spanish Green.

To understand how we chose items for the Museum Collection versus
Mason Monterey to use on the floor, go here.

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