Painted Canvas Floor Cloth Puzzle

The best way to learn about historic houses is to look at them closely, and the most fun way to look at them closely is to do a puzzle showing a wonderful historic house! So, we made a unique and interesting collection of Historic House Puzzles for you to enjoy!

Painted Canvas Floor Cloth

A colorful painted canvas floor cloth, a precursor to linoleum and sheet vinyl flooring products. Historic sites can be a wonderful source of design ideas and inspiration for your historic house. This shot is from the McLean House dining room at the Appomattox Court House National Historic Site in VA – where General Lee surrendered to General Grant, ending the Civil War.

The desirability of attractive and washable floor coverings is not a modern idea. Canvas floor cloths were popular for use in vestibules, entry halls, kitchens, and under dining room tables in the 19th century. Reproductions are available today; making them is an option for the DIY inclined. This reproduction painted floor cloth is particularly striking.
It is shown in Chapter 14 of “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners” to illustrate this once-common type of floor covering. Americans have finished and covered their floors in many ways through the centuries, and this chapter will help you determine which are appropriate for your historic house.

Click on the dashed box at the top-right in the puzzle box below to open the puzzle to full screen. In the top left, you can change the number of pieces (100 pieces is the default), toggle piece rotation, and change the background color. Then hit “OK” and have fun!

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