Since we moved in months ago, I've been looking for a bench for the entryway. Preferably something that would match the style of the house and the dignified entry. Walking in the front door, you face a staircase and to the right are pillars. Pillars!
I love modern, but an antique church pew seemed like just the thing. I've been searching Craigslist and secondhand stores religiously (ha) for months, but couldn't find just the right piece of furniture. And then last weekend, I came across this beauty at an architectural salvage store. They'd had it a week.
According to the previous owner the bench is European and dates from the 1830's. A neighbor thinks it was a courtroom bench. It's six feet long, built using pegs, and very sturdy. The seat could use a little more cushioning and the faded red fabric should be replaced, but that's a fun project.
It's exactly what I was looking for. Happiness!