Preservation of Historic Oak at Loyola University

 The end of Loyola University’s historic oak and Albany Woodworks’ solution.

Historic Loyola University Oak Tree

Historic Oak outside Monroe Hall, Loyola University New Orleans

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.

Reclaimed oak bench Loyola University

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.

Reclaimed oak bench Loyola University

Before and After- The wood was carefully dried for 14 months to protect the integrity and beauty of the wood.

Reclaimed oak bench Loyola University

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.

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