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Carousel Restoration - The Decorative Housing

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What usually comes to mind when we think of the Golden Gate Carousel are the carved animals, but the decorative housing is equally impressive. Carousel "Rounding Boards" are the outside curved pictorial panels that along with masks and other decorations hide the upper mechanical workings. The Golden Gate Carousel has 18 rounding boards, 18 masks, and numerous decorations. In addition, there are 36 elaborate inner pictorial panels which hide the center mechanics.

Here are examples of the Golden Gate Carousel's decorative housing

Painting of carousel figures ©1980 Ruby Newman. Photographs ©1980-1985 Roy King.


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Restored rounding boards and Lion mask. The Rounding Boards were all water damaged beyond repair. The original images were replaced with scenes from Golden Gate Park and the San Francisco Bay Area.   Detail of the Lion mask

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Three of the 36 interior panels that were restored. They measure approximately 3 feet wide by 5 feet high.

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This rounding board is a painting of the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park.

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Jester Mask before restoration   Restored Jester Mask

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Kim Lazare made this form that was used to recreate the brass bevelled mirror brackets.   Detail of a restored interior panel with the brass mirror brackets in place   A restored interior panel, with new mirrors, brackets, and jewels

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The 18 masks on the rounding board were done as sets of 3 masks for each of 6 subjects. Here are masks of a Native American Chief, an African King, and a clown bubble blower.

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Interior panel in typical poor condition with missing mirrors and yellowed varnish   Detail of panel with distressed woodwork   The restored interior panel, with new mirrors, brackets, and jewels

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Roy King, photographer

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