Desk #1999-1222Office of the President of the Senate, President of the Senate’s Suite, North Wing, Main Floor
Black bean desk with black leather inset top surface, mitred corners, on square section legs.
This desk was designed by the Department of Works in 1972 for the President of the Senate’s suite. It was used by the President of the Senate from 1972 to 1988.
During the early 1970s acute accommodation shortages in the building necessitated a major phase of redevelopment in which extensions were made to the front west and east sections of the building, new offices constructed on the roof and a new wing on the Senate side erected to match the wing added on the Representatives side in 1965. This redevelopment included a new President of the Senate’s suite, new meeting rooms on the lower floor, and a new suite for the Prime Minister and his staff. New furniture, such as this desk, was crafted to complement these new rooms.