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Eustis Chairs for Romanesque Rooms

At Eustis Chair we create furniture best tailored for your high-use space. Our line has a variety of models customized for certain architectural styles, and we’d like to highlight these styles as a starting point for deciding which chair is best for your institution. Historic country clubs and other social institutions have most preserved architecture done in the Romanesque tradition. Here’s a guide either for buildings built in this aesthetic or for a classic look for your dining/event spaces.
At first, Romanesque took its name from designs prevalent throughout the Roman Empire. During the Early Middle Ages it then emerged as characterized by castle fortresses. Eventually, Romanesque came to be an umbrella term for various architectural styles that have been popularized since the Late Middle Ages – others that fall under this categorization include Renaissance Revival, Baroque, and Rococo. Multiple historical buildings springing for an opulent look have invested in Romanesque features, such as large towers, lofty pillars, and detailed stonework that decorate a castle’s many passageways.
Some of the foremost examples above include our past customers. The Boston Public Library’s McKim building is named after its architect Charles Follen McKim, whose focus on building a “palace for the people” resulted in a Renaissance Revival masterpiece. The Abbey room, shown here, displays fifteen panels depicting the legend of Sir Galahad and the Holy Grail.
The College of the Holy Cross is the oldest Catholic college in New England, with its Dinand Library as one of its architectural crown jewels. Ionic columns soar to a ceiling trimmed with gold and detailed carvings, bringing to mind the palazzos of the past dedicated to philosophy and learning.
Claremont Country Club charms many of California’s residents in Oakland, especially with its grand dining room fit for royalty. Floor-to-ceiling windows mimic the open archways of historic courtyards, with opulent chandeliers and engraved pillars enhancing the gorgeous effect.
We have worked with all three to construct fitting Romanesque chairs for these premier spaces. Out of the 90+ chairs in our line, there are five that best embody the spirit of the Romanesque Revival:
The Queen Anne comes with the classic cabriole and ball-and-claw leg that characterizes its namesake. Its minimal ornamentation appears on the back rest, where the slat is delicately carved in slight, gently curving lines. Its origin as a late Baroque style is given a modern upgrade with additional comfort, elegance, and durability via our unique manufacturing.
The University Club is a Chippendale-inspired construction that is both palatial and stackable. Its woodworking adopts Renaissance-era ideals of balance and harmony in the rear rail via rolling arcs and chiseled touches. Our past clients have handpicked the University Club – or one of its arm or 10-60 iterations – to enrich their Romanesque hall ornamentation.
The Louis chair gets its styling from 18th century France, but the engineering is totally modern. Two lower rails flow seamlessly into the back legs, acting as firm – yet minimal – backing for the archetypal circular frame for the seat back. Its seat rails and legs are smoothed and custom stained to achieve an opulent finish, well-suited for exceptional establishments.
The Claremont has inspired several additions to our line as a top bestseller, with multiple clubs and institutions clamoring for its exquisite, sculpted composition. The back support is curved and braided into the shapes of leaves and diamonds, weaving its way to a seat nothing short of spectacular in its comfort and durability. It is arguably our most elegant hardwood stacking chair yet, sure to dazzle aficionados for decades to come.
The King and Prince was originally designed to enhance the elegance of a Victorian dining room, combining 19th century tradition with 21st century technology. The crest rail at the top lopes down from its finials to the gracefully carved back slat, presenting a seat that seems tailored for royalty. This chair, along with our arm chair alternative, stacks up to six high to maximize its use for deluxe institutions.
We have previously highlighted chairs best fit for Gothic Revival architecture and design. For chairs that fit other architectural styles, view our full directory of chair models or contact us for a consultation.

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