U.S. Senate Desks

Humble Abode —  November 5, 2010 — 1 Comment
United States Senate Desk
United States Senate Desk

We’ve seen pictures from the U. S. Senate, but not many of us know about the furniture in that chamber. It is an interesting story. In August of 1814, in the midst of what is called the War of 1812, the British army was marching on Washington D.C. The federal government at the time fled from the oncoming army leaving behind empty, the buildings of government. Upon arriving in Washington D.C., the British burned much of the city including the Capitol Building. The entire Senate chamber was destroyed. While the war was formally ended in February 1815 with the signing of the Treaty of Ghent, it took until 1819 for the Capitol Building to be reconstructed. To furnish the rebuilt Senate chamber, Thomas Constantine of New York was commissioned to supply 48 desks and chairs. Since that time, with the addition of new states and their Senators, desks and chairs have been manufactured for them in a similar style. In 1819, the Senate desks were arranged in a semi circular arrangement. To maintain this configuration, Thomas Constantine built desks with varying dimensions. Desks in the center of the formation were wider and more square. Desks on the ends of the rows were narrower and more angled. Modifications and additions have been made to the desks since 1819, but the original 48 desks supplied by Thomas Constantine are still being used in the Senate today.

Humble Abode


I am the Merchandise Manager for Humble Abode. I am located in Santa Rosa, California. Santa Rosa is approximately 60 miles north of San Francisco in beautiful Sonoma County, part of California's wine country. Humble Abode is an online retailer of furniture and furnishings offering a wide selection of furniture for sale to suit every taste and budget.

One response to U.S. Senate Desks


    It is a shame that these desks are not engraved with our soldiers names who sacrificed their lives so these senators could sit there and argue about for what they died for!!!!!

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