Visitors to Greenwood’s 1950s Main House are always struck by the impressive panoramic mural lining the walls of the entry hall and arching staircase. In place since the 1950s when the last owners, Peter and Adelaide Blanchard, included it in their new home, this scenic wallpaper, entitled Les Vues de Suisse, features famous tourist attractions in Switzerland. Designed in 1804 by Pierre-Antoine Mongin (1761–1827), it was the first print offered by Zuber et Cie., a French company famous for high-end woodblock-printed wallpapers since 1797.
Though popular in France for centuries, American interest in Zuber wallpapers peaked between 1804-1865, waxing and waning ever since. Former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy is largely credited with the wallpapers’ resurgence in 1962 when she installed the Les Vues d’Amérique du Nord, printed in 1843, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House.