Preservation of Historic Oak at Loyola University
The end of Loyola University’s historic oak and Albany Woodworks’ solution.
Albany Woodworks recently received recognition for its role in preserving the remains of the historic oak located on Loyola University’s campus in New Orleans, LA. A recent article by the Loyola Maroon covered the process of turning the nationally registered oak into benches. The new home of the oak is the newly renovated Monroe Hall. The idea for the project resulted from the controversy over taking the oak down for the renovation of the building.
The results of the project are stunning! A natural edge bench preserved the wood’s origins. The industrial legs symbolize the past meeting the future of the University’s path.
Before and After- The wood was carefully dried for 14 months to protect the integrity and beauty of the wood.
Richard Woods, CEO of Albany Woodworks, joined the project out of his love for custom projects and preserving the past. He also had a connection to Loyola University; both of his daughters are alumni of Loyola University. For the full story, click here.