The Assembly Room to the east of the central hall measures about 40 feet square, which was large for a room of that period. The furniture in the room today includes tables, chairs, green table coverings and other pieces that are representative of the time of the Continental Congress, but not original to the building. The National Park Service used surviving bills for furnishings purchased for the room in the 18th century as well as records for repairs to various items to help them create the present arrangement. The only original furnishings are the chair used by George Washington as he presided over the Constitutional Convention and the silver inkstand used to sign the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The inkstand, designed in 1752 for the Pennsylvania Assembly, includes a quill box and a shaker for sprinkling sand over wet ink to speed drying.
Questions for Photo 3
1. Based on Reading 2, describe the use of this room over time. What were some of the changes that occurred to the room physically?
2. How would you describe the room itself? How would you describe the furnishings? Do you think the room today could be an accurate portrayal of how it appeared during the time of the Continental Congress? Explain your answer.
3. Do you think it was important to have restored the room to this period? Explain your answer.
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