Selldorf Architects Transforms Structure in Chatham, New York, for Shaker Museum Expansion

Earlier this year, directors of the Shaker Museum—founded by John S. Williams 70 years ago in Old Chatham, New York, to showcase furnishings and objects made by the Christian sect—acquired a nearby building that soon will house their collection of more than 18,000 artifacts, marking the most dynamic expansion yet. Interior Design Hall of Famer Annabelle Selldorf, founder and […]

Shaker Museum Taps Selldorf Architects

Shaker Museum today announced that it has selected Selldorf Architects to create its new permanent facility in downtown Chatham, New York to exhibit its comprehensive collection of more than 18,000 pieces of Shaker material culture and accompanying archives. Like the objects themselves, the physical building will embody Shaker values of inclusion, innovation, and equality to […]

“Anything will sell that is carried into the market”: Shaker chairs and advances in promoting Shaker goods

In September 1872, a notice appeared in The Shaker periodical that, “Mt. Lebanon is alive to many new things. The South Family is building an extensive chair factory, with tenant houses attached. A thousand-dollar engine from Haskell’s Albany works is to drive the machinery.” Under the direction of Elder Robert Wagan, the new factory represented […]

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