U.S. Senate Office “Easy Chair”

U.S. Senate Office “Easy Chair”

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  • Reproduction of the original “Easy Chair” crafted for the Russell Senate Offices Building
  • Each historically-inspired chair is built-to-order, one at a time, by American craftsmen
  • Rolled back and seat are generously padded for extra comfort and support
  • Features a reversible loose seat cushion; tight back
  • Chair has served offices of U.S. Senators for over 100 years
  • Upholstered in top-grain leather from Australian cowhides, choice of 19 colors
  • Measures: 33-inches (W) x 33 1/2-inches (D) x 34-inches (H) weight 65 pounds

The Upper Chamber.

As the 20th century began, an increased workload caused the Senate to outgrow its traditional quarters within the U.S. Capitol. In 1904, Congress authorized construction of an office building for the Senate, today known as the Russell Senate Office Building. The Russell Building occupies the block bounded by Constitution and Delaware Avenues, and First and C Streets, N.E., diagonally across the Capitol Plaza from the Senate wing.

A standard set of furniture was made for each Senator’s suite and included a flat-top desk, a swivel desk chair, a small armchair, and an easy chair. Designed by New York cabinetmaker Thomas D. Wadelton (1861-1931), the leather upholstered easy chairs were custom-made by S. Karpen and Bros. for the new Senate offices which opened on March 5, 1909.

Over time, the original U.S Senate Office “Easy Chair” has continued to serve offices of the 100 members of the Senate. The legendary chair, superbly crafted one at a time according to historic specifications, is now available for private ownership.

The robustly-engineered structure is crafted with a rolled back and a seat generously padded for extra comfort and support, with a reversible loose seat cushion. Available in top grain leather with even colorization throughout the entire hide.