1994.001.002

Catalog Date: 
02/10/2004
Gparent: 
2: Building Furnishings
Classes: 
Seating
Collection: 
Jose & Hermenegilda Uberuaga Collection
Date: 
1916?-1930?
Object Name: 
Bench
Origin: 
Unknown
Owned: 
John & Serafina Mendiguren
Parent: 
Furniture
People: 
Uberuaga, Jose Uberuaga, Hermenegilda Mendiguren, John Mendiguren, Sreafina Sadowsky, Faye
Record As: 
Gift
Record Date: 
3/1/94
Record From: 
Faye Sadowsky
Subjects: 
boardinghouse furniture social gatherings dining woodworking furniture manufacture
Wooden bench original to the Uberuaga boardinghouse. Rectangular with two feet and four legs, a single plank for a seat, and four diagonal supports attached at the outside of the legs and at the bottom-middle of the seat. Both legs have a triangular section cut out at the base, creating the two feet on each leg. The bench does not have a finish or stain. At some point a strip of some kind of material was attached to the top of the bench. This strip is mildewed and the wood is slightly raised, as if less worn or less sun damaged than the area immediately around it. In 2003 Jim Mendiguren stated that he remembers there were two long benches in the dining room at 607 Grove, both topped with a strip of linoleum that matched the dining table (1994.001.005). He said that the linoleum was in poor condition and was removed. Small finish nails in a rectangular shape 5.125 inches long and 91 inches wide mark out the area where the material was once attached. There are no maker's marks or labels on the bench, and it appears to be homemade. The wood for the seat is roughly hewn, the legs are not centered, and the diagonal supports are all different lengths. Examining the grain of the wood on the seat and legs, it appears to be pine. The diagonal supports are fir.