Emily Rose, a Karpen descendent and author, tipped me off that there is a special exhibition going on featuring furniture from the S. Karpen & Bros. furniture manufacturing company at the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, D.C. The exhibition will continue through September 5th, 2009.
Apparently, a fair amount of this furniture trickled out in private hands as the office’s inhabitants availed themselves of the furniture over the years. Now the Senate wants it back for the building’s 100th birthday. Senate Associate Curator Melinda Smith said that she might make up a wanted poster to help people identify the furniture needed for return. I’ve decided to make one for her and start the process.
I’ve also included a pamphlet from the Senate documenting the history of the furniture.