92 Second Street improvements,  Borden Spaces and Places,  Potpourri,  Second Street Happenings

Drab by any other name is still awfully drab


When it came time to choose the color to paint the Borden house after the sale to the current owners, there was much discussion as to what shade to select.  Newspaper descriptions and other sources cite the house color as “drab”- a popular Victorian catch-all term for a gray-brown-olive nondescript color.  Army khaki fatigue uniforms may come close to the color.  The current shade of green on the house is very snappy, but a little greener than was probably found in 1892.  However, if you have a good look at the underside of the floorboards in the cellar of the house, a very convincing drab shade can still be seen which is probably the right shade.  The trim was said to be painted a darker shade of the same color.