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Gardiner’s Corner is a cherished spot in the picturesque town of Nantucket, Massachusetts

A cherished Nantucket mural gets a loving face-lift

n the fall of 2006, Ralph Lauren Corporation partnered with the Nantucket Historical Association to restore the compass rose mural, a beloved landmark at Gardiner’s Corner in Nantucket, Massachusetts, that adorns the side of Ralph Lauren’s store there. Photographer H. Marshall Gardiner, for whom the area is named, first came to Nantucket island in 1910 and soon established his gift and photography business at 16 Main Street. He designed the mural in 1936, and it is based on a compass rose, which mariners and navigators referenced as a display of the cardinal directions, north, south, east and west, and then intermediate points. It features destinations of personal significance to him, such as Mackinac Island, Michigan, and Daytona Beach, Florida, where he spent childhood summers.

The compass rose mural features destinations with a personal significance to photographer H. Marshall Gardiner

 

Just before conservation work began, Ralph Lauren Corporation was approached by local filmmaker John Stanton to support his documentary, entitled Not Just Another Sign, about the historical significance of the compass rose mural at Gardiner’s Corner. The short film also highlights the Gardiner family’s history and presents the idea of the sign as a piece of public art. The documentary was shown at the 12th annual Nantucket Film Festival, which ran from June 13 to 17, 2007.

The compass rose mural features destinations of personal significance to Gardiner, such as Mackinac Island, Michigan, and Daytona Beach, Florida, where he spent childhood summers.

Ralph Lauren Corporation was pleased to support this conservation effort and believes that it is the company’s responsibility to support the traditions and local organizations that are most important to the communities it is a part of.

Adorning the side of Ralph Lauren's Nantucket store, the mural recalls compasses used by mariners and navigators 
The restoration aimed to re-create the original 1930s design of the compass rose 
 
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In honor of Ralph Lauren Corporation’s partnership with the Nantucket Historical Association, the company designed compass rose T-shirts and hats for men, women and children, with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the association. This product is available exclusively at the Ralph Lauren Nantucket store.

 

MELISSA SCHWEIGER is a writer based in New York City. Her work has appeared in Marie Claire, InStyle and Hamptons, among other print and online publications.

  • Early photograph of the compass rose mural at Gardiner’s Corner courtesy of the Nantucket Historical Association
  • Images of the restored mural and Nantucket store courtesy of Ralph Lauren Corporation