Installation of Oversized Chair Honors Jamestown’s History

Jamestown Renaissance Corporation (JRC) and Fancher Chair Co. Inc. are proud to honor Jamestown’s furniture history with the installation of an oversized chair at the corner of Third and Lafayette in Jamestown.

Front: Kristy Kathman, Zach Agett, Pete Scheira; Back: Gary Henry, Brian Millspaw

In an effort to expand public art in downtown Jamestown, a focal point of the new Jamestown Urban Design Plan 2.0, JRC approached Fancher Chair Co. with the idea of commissioning a large, historically accurate chair for downtown. Fancher Chair Co. was excited by the project, and took the lead in designing and then constructing a great new piece for downtown.

Kristy Kathman, JRC Deputy Director said, “I couldn’t be happier with the way this has turned out.  Pete Scheira (President) and Gary Henry (CEO) at Fancher Chair Co. took a vague idea we had and turned it into a true work of art.  They have been wonderful to work with, and created a beautiful piece of furniture sure to be enjoyed by everyone who sees it.”

Brian Millspaw, Master Sample Maker at Fancher Chair Co., created the chair based on a design from Jamestown Lounge Company known as the “club” chair. The chair is made of oak, and special glue for outdoor use was used.  The chair will be permanently installed by Davis Concrete & Excavating.

JRC Executive Director, Pete Miraglia

Fancher Chair Co. Inc. has generously donated the chair to the community as a memorial to the history of the furniture industry of Jamestown and surrounding areas. 

For a more in-depth look into the furniture industry of the Jamestown area, and the people who were behind it, check out the furniture exhibit at the Fenton History Center.

At Jamestown Renaissance Corporation, we make Jamestown better through inspiration, action, and celebration. For more information about upcoming projects, or to check out the Jamestown Urban Design Plan 2.0, please visit jamestownrenaissance.org/, or call 716-489-3496.