Museums of all types have relied on D.D.DIMES to provide them with the finest reproduction furniture available for their venues, taverns and gift shops. It was a great thrill to work for every one of them. We got to know the people there and visit the venue often. I have no way to verify this but I do not believe there is another furniture maker who has been commissioned by nearly the range of wonderful institutions as D.R.DIMES. I encourage you to visit, enjoy learn from and support all these great examples of American History.
In 1976 Douglas R. Dimes was commissioned to reproduce some Windsor chairs for Independence Hall. They have one of the most important venues with original chairs that the Founding Fathers sat in during the creation of the Constitution.
During the late 1970’s the world renowned museum commissioned D.R.DIMES to make Windsor chairs and small tables to illustrate how small furniture was during the eighteen century. The display allowed visitors to sit in the chairs which they could never do with the originals.
Olde Sturbridge Village
During the Early 1980’s Sturbridge commissioned D.R.DIMES to reproduce several pieces including some Ebenezer Tracy chairs which they sold in the gift shop for years. Tracy was both a prominent and prolific chair maker from Lisbon, CT.
In the late 1980’s Mount Vernon purchased over 200 Windsor chairs so their visitors could sit in them in all the dining venues.
D.R.DIMES was a licensed manufacturer for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation for 1990-1995. During that time we recreated over 20 pieces for to form The Williamsburg Informal Collection. The collection included Windsor chairs, Dining tables, cupboards and occasional tables.
Around 2004 Historic Charleston wanted to order 40 D.R.DIMES Bowback Side chairs for the Courthouse restoration. We offered a much better solution. We copied a chair in their collection which was from Philadelphia. During that period the agricultural south would have typically purchased or traded for mercantile good form the north.
Museum of the American Revolution
The museum was opened in 2016. We made a variety of chairs for them for their video presentation room so that visitors could sit in precise reproductions of the chairs of the revolutionary period.
The New Yorktown Visitor Center was opened in 2017. They ordered 15 Twinbow Loveseats which are spread around for visitors to relax on as the tour.
I made two custom birdcage chairs for the museum in 2020 for a new display area. Being from New Hampshire I have long admired Strawberry Banks and visited many times.