Student artists from Berea College have handcrafted 120 new chairs for the Governor’s Mansion. Each chair represents a Kentucky county and is being funded by private donors from every county.
The County Seats Legacy Project is a part of the Governor’s Mansion Centennial Celebration.
“ We are so fortunate to have the unbelievably talented student artists at Berea working on this legacy project,” said Gov. Steve Beshear. “I cannot think of a better pairing than to have Kentucky artists craft furniture for our state’s executive residence. This is a truly one-in-a-lifetime, entirely Kentucky project.”
Each chair has a name plaque of a Kentucky county placed on it. Dr. and Mrs. David A. Narramore of Whitesburg funded the Letcher County chair.
Donors including the Narramores were honored at a special reception hosted by Gov. Steve Beshear and First Lady Jane Beshear at the Governor’s Mansion on April 3.
Berea student artists designed, built and upholstered each chair. Every chair frame was handcrafted using only locallysourced and sustainable maple wood from Daniel Boone National Forest.
“The chairs or ‘seats’ that the Mansion formerly used for large-scale events were in poor condition, unsafe for guests and in desperate need of replacement,” said Ann Evans, executive director of the Governor’s Mansion. “We thought that the Centennial Celebration would be the perfect time to replace the dilapidated chairs, but because of tight and limited budgets, we had to get creative.”