Art Center Supply Store's two classically trained master framers have 25 years of experience in matting, mounting, and encasing treasures. Acid-free, museum-quality conservation matting and framing preserves prints of baby's first whitewater rafting trip while inhibiting future wear and tear. Framing prices vary widely based on object and size, running from $3.95 per foot to $60 per foot for handmade Italian framing materials. Art Center’s border buffs also perform dry mounting, a technique reserved for water-sensitive prints in which heat bonds the artwork and mounting board together, similar to when a flock of rubber ducks fly too close to the sun.
Successful carriage maker Amos Woodruff began construction on his Memphis home in 1870, designing the property in French Victorian style with a mansard roof and cypress woodwork and flooring. A year later, the mansion hosted the wedding of Amos's daughter, Mollie, marking the first public event and first of countless weddings to be held on the property. Cotton factor Noland Fontaine owned the dwelling after Amos; following the death of Noland and his wife, the home became an art school and then a vacant building until the Association for the Preservation of Tennessee Antiquities acquired the space in 1961.
Nestled among magnolia trees, the restored mansion still shelters handwritten autographs and memories of the craftsmen who helped erect the building. Just as it did for Mollie Woodruff, the property also continues to host weddings and special events with a front lawn that accommodates up to 250 visitors. A collection of more than 1,000 pieces of Victorian-era fashion, such as wedding gowns, undergarments, overgarments, and stiletto horseshoes, can be found in the home. The clothing display changes several times throughout the year along with the museum's rotating exhibitions.