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Wood for a national monument: 1964.

When an office building has to last 200 years, hold up under the trampling of 7,205,000 people per year and still stand as a national monument to an historic congressman, it requires the best materials and craftsmanship available.

The story of woodworking in this huge $72 million congressional building is as monumental as the structure itself. Named after the late House Speaker, the Rayburn Building has 16g office suites, nine committee rooms, 18 subcommittee rooms and countless other rooms and facilities. Throughout the building, the Early American mood was captured by extensive use of walnut paneling.

Capitol architects called for 35 to 40 built-in cabinets in each office suite. Raised walnut paneling and wainscot, and large curved walnut veneered rostrums were specified for the standing and subcommittee rooms, with a hand-carved solid walnut American eagle in the center of each rostrum.

Because of its rigidity and straightness, mat-formed wood particleboard was selected as the corestock for the fine hardwood veneers. The veneers, individually selected from sources throughout the country, were laid up on 11/16-inch cores. The particleboard panels also permitted critical edge treatment.

Generations to come may well be overheard to say, "They sure knew how to build beautiful cabinet work in the old days."
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Title Annotation:BLASTS FROM THE PAST--News, notes and commentary culled from the back pages of Wood & Wood Products and its ancestral publications.
Comment:Wood for a national monument: 1964.(BLASTS FROM THE PAST--News, notes and commentary culled from the back pages of Wood & Wood Products and its ancestral publications.)
Publication:Wood & Wood Products
Date:Apr 1, 2007
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