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Eustis Chairs 15 Years Later: Phillips Exeter Chapel

Back in January 2003 we delivered 300 chairs to the Phillips Exeter Academy for their chapel, which was built in the 1800s and serves as the school hub for interfaith events and activities. The Exeter Modular Pew, seen in these photos and in the chapel today, is engineered with our Eustis Joint® for unmatched durability. These graceful, interlocking, stacking pew chairs have the traditional look and feel of church pews, including a hymnal slot in the back of each chair.

As elegant as they are when laid out in rows, the real beauty of these chairs is how quickly they can be disassembled, stacked, and moved to reconfigure the chapel for its various uses. This was an especially important consideration within Exeter’s multicultural setting, able to strike a balance between the original elegance of the chapel while offering a welcoming versatility for at least twelve religious traditions.

Since the original chair installation, the chapel’s pew chairs have seen more than fifteen years of community use. Countless religious gatherings, events, and other activities have taken place beneath its Gothic light fixtures and wooden arches. The Eustis Chairs here have been a part of these gatherings, being set up or stacked elsewhere if they were not needed. Today they’re looking better than ever while still under our twenty year warranty. Fifteen years go by so quickly within a setting as timeless as the Phillips Church!

Many thanks to Phillips Exeter and Cram and Ferguson for our wonderful relationship; we’re honored to have helped prepare this historical space for decades to come.

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