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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Morris chairs, a nice place to sit after a long hike

The Highland Center, Crawford Notch


Mt. Washington with the Mt. Washington House (1902) in foreground

 A View of the Mountain Pass Called the Notch of the White Mountains (Crawford Notch), Thomas Cole, 1839 (National Gallery of Art)

This past Sunday I was driving through Crawford Notch in the White Mountains and stopped in to see the Appalachian Mountain Club's newest lodge, the LEED certifiable Highland Center.  It was quite beautiful, with siding, shingling, and stick work reminiscent of the architecture of the late 19th and early 20th century.  The main room of the lodge, that looks out over the mountains through two story-high windows, is filled with Morris chairs.  These reclining chairs are the original La-Z-Boy, first manufactured by Morris's design firm and later named in his honor by Gustav Stickley who popularized them in the U.S.  Today, you can spend thousands of dollars buying beautiful hand-made reproductions from craft firms across the country.  You can also find more modestly priced versions at L.L. Bean and on Ebay.  But my favorite place to look for Morris chairs is on Craig's List.  Try it....let me know what you find.